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Apprentices climb career ladder through business promotions...

Two Bury College Level 3 apprentices have received promotions within a leading manufacturing company after displaying dedication and commitment to the business.

23 year old Mike Coope and 21 year old Matthew Wilkinson are completing their 3 year IT apprenticeships at timeware®, a manufacturer and installer of workforce management solutions. The duo secured employment at the company which supplies over 6,500 customers across the UK, Ireland and Sub-Saharan Africa before they were enlisted onto an apprenticeship programme. Mike and Matthew are now proud to support the business and manage a team of eight people.

Mike, a former Blue Coat School pupil from Oldham, has been promoted to Project Manager for Operations and is responsible for overseeing every aspect of a job including liaising with customers and engineers, right through to the installation process. Mike said, “My apprenticeship is really good and I receive great guidance from my dedicated Bury College assessor. The apprenticeship route has been a great fit for me as it has tailored my career.”

Apprentice Matthew from Rochdale, who is a former Wardle Academy pupil, has received the promotion of Team Leader for Operations and undertakes the responsibility of heading up the support system. This involves managing customer faults, logging details, solving problems and organising customer visits. Matthew commented, “It is great that I am learning skills whilst earning a wage and would definitely recommend the apprenticeship route to others.”

timeware® are approaching their 30th birthday after they began trading in 1986. Managing Director Simon Birchall strongly believes in the benefits of the apprenticeship scheme and champions the opportunities it has provided for individuals. Simon said, “I have put many of my employees through the Bury College apprenticeship scheme and have always had a very positive experience. From an employer’s perspective, it is great that apprentices can earn as they learn without taking them off site and away from their work within the business. Both Mike and Matthew have developed their organisational skills and communication skills and are now able to manage and co-ordinate a team of people.”

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