Celebrating Apprentices During National Apprenticeship Week 2020

As an employer that highly values our apprentices, we are taking the opportunity during National Apprenticeship Week 2020 to shine a spotlight on the members of our team who have come to us as apprentices over recent years and celebrate what they have achieved since. MVIS and sister company Bartco UK boast an impressive record of staff retention, and few areas demonstrate this as well as the retention rates in our apprentices, with all but one who has entered our doors over the years choosing to stay with us.

Our longest standing apprentice, Dom Bridge came to MVIS all the way back in 2013 and has since progressed to play an integral part in our organisation as Assistant Operations Manager. Dom’s daily role sees him managing the operations team, making sure that products are quality approved, delivered and deployed to clients in a timely manner for their project’s success. Due to the importance of his role, Dom works closely with the MVIS management team, reporting on vital figures and planning ahead to ensure that our resources are allocated effectively to meet our customer’s present and future needs. Dom also played a central role along with the management team to achieve our ISO Integrated Management System, helping MVIS obtain accreditations (and then recertifications) in ISO 45001 Health and Safety, ISO 9001 Quality and ISO 14001 Environmental Management. On top of this, Dom also recently took a leading role in MVIS passing the Achilles accreditation

Next to start the organisation as an apprentice was Rebecca Prince, who joined Bartco UK as a Business Administration apprentice in 2015 and quickly progressed in the company to her current role as Purchasing and Stock Control Supervisor. Bec’s role within the organisation helps to keep things moving smoothly, ordering stock and components that facilitates the manufacture of our products. As a highly capable, reliable and diligent member of staff, it seems only fitting that Bec now supervises an apprentice herself, Pip Wood, as she completes her apprenticeship.

Shortly after Bec, George Sheldon also started at Bartco UK in 2015 after studying electrical engineering. George has since completed his apprenticeship in 2019, seeing him progress within the company to the role of Workshop Technician. His day to day activities see him producing and refurbishing our units, as well as preparing them to be delivered to customers. George’s already extensive knowledge has grown as a result of additional training courses he has undertaken during his time at Bartco UK, offering him the chance to develop his career skills. George has a lot to take pride in with regards to his apprenticeship, being named as a finalist in the 2018 Learning Unlimited Advanced Apprentice of the Year category.

Tillie Wolliscroft joined MVIS in 2016 as an apprentice with previous experience in customer service, putting her in good stead for her role as Operations Apprentice, working alongside Dom, as he also completed his apprenticeship. Since completing her apprenticeship, Tillie has advanced her skills tremendously, moving into the organisation’s newest department, marketing. Assisting Marketing Manager, Sean Brown, with the transition from agency marketing management to in-house management, Tillie has been developing marketing related skills such as graphic design, social media management, web development and SEO. Whilst Tillie has progressed enormously in the meantime, her apprenticeship is not one that will soon be forgotten, having won the Learning Unlimited Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award in 2018.

Shortly following Tillie into the organisation was Cain Gregory, one of Bartco UK’s Technical apprentices. Cain has come on leaps and bounds professionally during his time here, with his first exposure to the company being through his work experience. We were so impressed with Cain’s talent and work ethic that we very quickly asked him to stay, with him joining our apprenticeship programme in 2017. As part of his role, Cain builds, repairs and refurbishes our units, making sure that our customers receive high quality and reliable products. On top of his apprenticeship, Cain is also busy training himself up in work related skills, having earned an impressive number of qualifications that include first aid, soldering, hand powered tool operating, fork-lift operating, health & safety awareness, working at height as well as his CSCS and Highways England Passport cards.

Pip Wood joined the Bartco UK team in early 2019 as a Purchasing Assistant, working alongside Bec in her role as Purchasing and Stock Supervisor. Under the supervision of Bec, Pip helps to maintain stock records, completing orders and monitoring that product components arrive with enough time for the production team to perform regular quality checks. Pip shows great ambition and capability in everything she does, quickly learning the intricacies of the role and proving a big help for Bec. Very much the ‘Bartco UK way’, Pip is also dedicated to her skills development, taking on fire warden and manual handling training during her apprenticeship.

Last but certainly not least is Bartco UK’s newest Technical Apprentice, Jacob Spencer. In a similar fashion to Cain, Jacob first joined us on work experience, being taken on as an apprentice after showing us his amazing work ethic and attitude. With a real determination to work hard and learn, Jacob is perfectly suited to his role with us, allowing him to stay busy doing what he loves. Despite his short time here, Jacob has already started upskilling himself, having achieved his manual handling qualification. Jacob looks forward to continuing to develop his skills set with the support and encouragement of everyone at the organisation.

It’s clear that both MVIS and Bartco UK have a successful history in recruiting, training and then retaining apprentices, testament to what can be achieved when employers take care of and support their staff. All the apprentices that have come through either MVIS or Bartco UK’s doors have been given the encouragement and space to develop their skill set, making them more proficient in their roles, but also giving them immense job satisfaction.

We cannot recommend the recruitment of apprentices enough to employers looking for hard working and dedicated staff who are working towards upskilling. But we especially need to shine a spotlight on this during National Apprenticeship Week.

MVIS and Bartco UK want to take this opportunity to thank our apprentices, both past and current, for all their hard work.

For more information about our apprentice programme, please contact us on +44 (0) 3300 080 366 or email info@bartco-uk.com.