Eleven enthusiastic young people are now in the fourth week of training with Baltic Training, undertaking the Taopix Greenhouse Academy traineeship; learning the tools and skills they need to progress into one of the 10 potential apprenticeship positions up for grabs with the booming company, and to join the already two successful apprentices’ employed by Taopix!
Who are Taopix?
Established in 2007, Taopix was established to fill a gap within the digital photo and gift market. The have grown a strong global distribution network with offices around the world whilst dominating the Asian market. Producing world-leading white label products, Taopix are also backed by a strong channel of partners including HP, Imaging Solutions, and Canon. Their in-house development, design, QA and support teams; plus operations, finance, and marketing, are all, however, based from their headquarters in Newcastle. Taopix deliver market-leading software platform dedicated to the growing digital photo market, focusing on photobooks and photo gifts.
The Taopix Greenhouse Academy Traineeship
Taopix are passionate about training and retaining talent; in the continuously growing sector, it’s important for to keep on top of recruiting the future leaders of their business. CEO James Gray is especially passionate about the growth of the Greenhouse Academy as he started his career as an apprentice. Taopix approached Baltic Training Services following the decision to develop a Traineeship programme to support the growth of their business, and so, the 7-week Taopix Greenhouse Academy was born. The traineeship is made up of 4 weeks technical training where the candidates work towards a Level 2 ICT Systems and Principles for IT Professionals followed by three weeks of work experience. The traineeship is designed to give the candidates relevant, appropriate and required knowledge to progress successfully onto the Level 3 Apprenticeship within the company, which as it stands has up to 10 spaces available for those who are successful.
The journey so far…
The four weeks of intense training, which is delivered at Taopix headquarters, has been a real success. The eager young adults have so far studied networking principles, web fundamentals and are now onto social media and digital marketing before hitting the ground running on their work placements next week. As part of the journey, the candidates have also undertaken English and maths functional skills as a ‘top-up’ from school or college.
To name but a few of the perks that come with working at Taopix, a number of the candidates have had birthday cards and cake and all have their lunch cooked for them every day, with a game of pool or table tennis for desert. From spaghetti bolognaise to homemade burgers and chips – it’s safe to say, lunch time is enjoyed!
What does the future look like?
Like any other growing company, Taopix aim to expand and are aiming to do this through their apprenticeship programme, “The Greenhouse Academy”, which will see an intake of up to 10 successful candidates every year, all receiving the training and support they need to become invaluable members of the Taopix family.