STUART BOLDERSTON –
Stuart joined the apprenticeship scheme in September 2010 in an apprenticeship which covered all areas of manufacturing at Newton Commercial. This means that on a daily basis Stuart is able to pull on his wealth of knowledge of all areas of the factory including carpet department, moulding department, board factory, cutting department and now works in our busy dispatch team sending products all over the world.
In Stuart's own words hobbies are few and far between as he has a very young family. If he could find the time Stu's real love is football and his undying love for Liverpool FC.
We asked Stuart why he chose this apprenticeship route in his career.
- What did you learn from your apprenticeship?
I have learnt a lot along the way on my apprenticeship, mostly working on all aspects of the cutting machines and all the health and safety involved. I learnt a variety of cutting processes including using the press, Gerber CAD cutting machine, Eastman knife and hand cutting. Plus I also learnt the welder in the moulding factory and press in the board factory.
- How was your experience at Newton Commercial as an apprentice?
The experience was very good. I had a lot of training and help along the way from everyone at Newton Commercial to help me complete the course. I also started with another apprentice called Owen we often worked alongside each other and helped each other through our apprenticeship which built up a very good friendship which is still going strong now.
- What happened at the end of your apprenticeship?
I was given a full time job in the cutting department. I was then able to do some more in-house training in other departments and now currently work in stores. Once in stores I was given the opportunity to develop my skills on our system sage 1000 and I work on allocating the stock, booking parts and creating works orders for the production teams to know what products are required. I was also given the opportunity to do a forklift course which I passed, I have now had my licence for 5 years. We are currently working on getting a new IT system called Lakeview and I’m getting the opportunity to be involved with this and to then be able to train my fellow colleagues in stores on how the new system will work.