Europa launches programme to nurture future leaders straight from school

Europa launches programme to nurture future leaders straight from school

Freight forwarder Europa Worldwide Group has launched an innovative recruitment programme.

Europa's new Rapid Career Development Programme (RCDP) has been created to recruit 30 passionate people straight from school this year.

The first successful candidate to secure a job at the business’s Nottingham Europa Road branch is 18-year-old Max Holbrook (pictured above, inset). Max excelled through a rigorous application process which involved a written application, submission of his final school report and predicted A-Level grades as well as a one-on-one half an hour interview.

The RCDP is the brainchild of Europa’s Managing Director Andrew Baxter and aims to recruit enthusiastic and driven individuals straight from school, who will then be trained and guided internally to become future leaders of the business.

The goal of the initiative is to appeal to highly ambitious and focused individuals who are keen to learn and earn, to hit the ground running and to start progressing up the career ladder from as early as 18-years-old.

Branch and Sales Director at Europa Dionne Redpath said: “We’re delighted that Max has become the first appointment on our unique RCDP at our Nottingham branch. He really impressed at interview and demonstrated a natural flair already.

“This is a career jumpstart programme – learning on the job from our experienced Account Managers. The four-year programme will see Max progress from junior/trainee team members to experienced Account Managers earning upwards of £30,000 per year, with a company car phone and laptop plus annual performance related bonuses.

“This sort of opportunity for school leavers is rare, if not unheard of in my experience, and we’re thrilled to be leading the way in piloting such an exciting and dynamic initiative.”

Europa’s own management team can tell some inspiring success stories of starting at a junior level and working their way up to Director level, moving roles internally and progressing and developing gradually through the business.

Managing Director at Europa Andrew Baxter said: “I’m a passionate advocate of learning on the job and gaining experience in your chosen career path without the burden of starting a career in debt. I personally didn’t go to university and started working straight from school – and today I’m directing an international business, employing 900 staff on course to exceed the £220 million turnover mark by the end of this year. That’s why we launched this programme – to find the young people out there who have the same drive and passion as myself and my senior team and to embed them within our business from a young age.”

Max, who joined Europa in August – is part of a team of eight in Nottingham and is being mentored by its branch manager Joe Partner.  Max added: “This is a great opportunity, I feel like I’m learning every day – this isn’t an apprenticeship it’s more unique, and I’m glad to be part of such a great team here in Nottingham. 

“I knew in the sixth form that university wasn’t the best option for me, I worked in retail whilst I was at school and wanted to get into a career straightaway rather than continue in education. I find it’s much better to learn hands-on especially with an experienced company in an ever-growing industry.”

The aim of the RCDP is to attract young people who are savvy, full of common sense and eager to learn – with the pilot set to be rolled out to Europa Road’s 13 other UK branches this year.