Scotland-based NSD Labels has welcomed Sam Davis and Fraser Galloway to its team, as the company continues to nurture and encourage young talent.

Messrs Davis and Galloway are employed at the award-winning converter as flexo apprentices, and are working alongside NSD Labels’ experienced printers to learn and understand the label printing process.

18-year-old Mr Davis joined the company after his father Robert, shift supervisor at NSD Labels, put him forward for the role. Sam Davis has suffered for many years with epilepsy and has undergone major brain surgery, although this has not deterred him from undertaking and excelling in his apprenticeship.

He commented, ‘I am delighted to have overcome many personal barriers to undertake my apprenticeship, with the main obstacle being my own epilepsy. My apprenticeship has not only given me confidence, I have also found my professional passion. I want apprentices and employers alike, to know that there are no limits to what can be achieved with an apprenticeship even when you have a health condition.’

Mr Galloway, also 18, is local to the printer’s headquarters in Dalkeith, and has always known someone who has worked at NSD Labels. He was informed by Barry Guild, digital manager, who had previously coached him at football, that there was an apprenticeship role available. NSD Labels highlighted, ‘Fraser’s enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge are what allows him to excel in his apprenticeship.’

Mr Galloway said, ‘I really enjoy my apprenticeship with NSD Labels. I have already learned so much. I love the challenges that the role brings and enjoy working in the fast-paced printing environment as it has taught me what I need to achieve and the time scale something needs completing. When I first started, I spent a period of time in each different print department. This was a great way of learning about how print works. The life skills which I am learning will help me throughout all of my life.’