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For many school leavers, making the right career choice can often prove daunting. 

Aligning your natural skills to a perfect job for you isn't always as easy as it seems. At Spectra, we understand that everyone has something different to offer and fully appreciate that our employees' diversity of skills contributes significantly to our ongoing success.

In recognition of National Careers Week, it's worth acknowledging the considerable contribution the packaging manufacturing industry continues to provide to the UK economy. The industry offers a broad and diverse range of work opportunities for people looking for meaningful and satisfying future career paths.

Employing some 85,000 people, representing 3% of the UK's manufacturing workforce, this ever-growing sector continues to be a significant contributor to UK GDP, with annual sales worth £11 billion. 

At Spectra, we benefit from a diverse range of employee skills that have helped drive our business forward for over twelve years. For example, just under one roof at our purpose-built facility in Suffolk, we have employment skills for a wide range of positions. 

These include Development Engineers and Engineering Technicians, Finance and Purchasing positions, Graphic Designers, Health and Safety and Human Resources. There are also IT Systems Support staff, Maintenance Engineers, Marketing and Communications people, Planning & Logistics, Print Technicians, Product Designers and Production Operatives. The firm also enjoys the contribution of Quality Controllers, Sales Representatives and Administrators, Software Engineers, Tooling Technicians and Warehouse staff. 

What's more, as the business continues to evolve, grow and expand, our needs widen, creating even more lasting career opportunities for our local economy. Indeed, the firm's staff numbers have grown from just a handful to over 150 since 2008.

As a leading packaging supplier and employer, Spectra supports efforts such as National Careers Week, which highlights the importance of satisfying career paths to help people reach their true potential through work. 

We continue to work alongside local colleges and instigate successful apprenticeship schemes to help young people develop life-long career skills. For those already working within the business, we openly encourage progression paths to more senior roles. We are always looking to provide new opportunities for people with skills that we believe will bring additional value and vibrancy to our working family.

Whether you're a school leaver with mathematical problem-solving skills, creative leanings, engineering or mechanical know-how or simply a naturally good communicator with people skills, packaging businesses such as Spectra are always on the lookout for the stars of the future.

For both parents and school leavers, there is plenty of excellent advice and resources on the National Careers Week (NCW) website at  #NCW2020 One Stop Shop National Careers Week runs from March 1st - 6th.