With 21 Apprentices currently training at Bott, ‘National Apprenticeships Week’ is an opportunity for us to celebrate the success of our programmes and to encourage more people to consider a scheme as a pathway to a great career!
At Bott, we appreciate that our company can only be as great as the people we employ. Just as we pride ourselves on our products and services being of outstanding quality, reliable & built for longevity, we aim to build relationships with our employees on the same basis.
We have learned that one of the key building blocks in creating long term working relationships is cultivating a strong apprenticeship programme that fosters loyalty, ambition and talent in those that join us. Our apprenticeship schemes have provided us with a pool of skilful people who learn new skills quickly, are looking to progress their careers and understand the goals of the business. Their drive and positive input is rewarded with perks, benefits and career progression – mutually beneficial for the apprentice and Bott!
Meet Matthew Phillips, former Production Apprentice.
Engineering technician and former apprentice, Matthew Phillips, is an outstanding example of how our trainees perform to an exceptionally high standard. Matthew developed a means of automating the programme entry into one of our CNC punching machines - work being driven by the company’s LEAN manufacturing approach, which looking at ways to eliminate wasteful activities.
The work Matthew completed delivers daily savings by reducing machine downtime through the introduction of this significantly improved set up process. We are now more responsive, more efficient and more competitive. Bott gave Matt training and an opportunity; Matt helped Bott transform an important aspect of the business and is on the pathway to a fulfilling career.
With ex-apprentices employed throughout the company (including on the Board of Directors) our workforce is absolute proof that apprenticeships do work! We’ve established long term relationships in the local community and with Exeter & Loughborough Colleges, ensuring that the opportunities created by the scheme are sustainable and beneficial to all involved.
Meet Kevin Woodward, Managing Director at Bott and former Apprentice.
"I am a big supporter of the apprenticeship style of learning. It assists young people in gaining valuable technical skills, qualifications and an understanding of the different elements of businesses, all while earning a wage and being supported by experienced managers.
Bott has a long history of developing apprentices. I personally learnt a lot from starting as an electrical apprentice at 16, including gaining a solid grounding for life itself. As part of my apprenticeship with Bott I completed my City and Guilds at St Austell College. I then went on to become Maintenance Manager for the Bude plant, before moving on to be a Sales Exec for Special Products, which ultimately led to the forming of Bott’s Special Vehicle Operations Division which I am proud to be Managing Director of today.
When we look to bring people into the business, it is not all about their academic performance, because like me, learning on the job can suit some people better. We look instead for a spark which sets them apart from their peers and shows their genuine desire to progress. Apprentices have a huge amount to offer and also enable us to grow in-house our skills and leaders of the future."
“As a company we know that success is built on having a dedicated and aligned team focused on solving customer problems. At Bott, we aim to achieve this at all levels and bringing new starters in through apprenticeships is a key part of our recruitment and training program. A successful scheme allows young people to get a grounding in the commercial realities of a growing engineering and service business, using their creativity and learning to make a real contribution. As with all employees, our apprentices participate in an innovative profit related bonus scheme, which allows them to enjoy the fruits of our shared success.”
Interested in an Engineering Apprenticeship with Bott?
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