Meet our apprentices

Apprentices are the lifeblood of businesses today and Bisley is no exception; we’ve employed and supported apprentices for over 20 years now. To celebrate our apprentices, we met up with some of them to find out more about their life at Bisley.

Today, we get to know Alex Davies. Alex is in his first-year of a maintenance apprenticeship. He’s on a ‘block release’ course which means he alternates between college and Bisley. After spending the first few months at college, he has been working with our maintenance team since January.  His team repair machines which have broken down and makes sure they’re up and running again as quickly as possible. They also perform routine checks, taking measures to prevent break downs from occurring and servicing the machines to prolong their running life.

Can you give me a summary your apprenticeship so far?
I started off by studying electrics at college for a few months. Right now, I’m on block release and, I’ve been going around the factory with members of the team to see how they handle breakdowns. I mostly watch them fix the machines while they talk me through how they’re resolving the situation. Once I’ve had a bit more experience, I’ll get more chances to help repair the machines.

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
Mostly through taking my friends advice. I attended college for a few months before deciding that it wasn’t the right path for me. A lot of my friends were doing apprenticeships and they made it sound like a great option. I also thought it would be a good idea to choose something like my friends are doing because we always chose the same subjects in school. If they liked it, then I was sure I would.

Why did you want to work for Bisley?
It’s been running this apprenticeship programme for a long time and I heard that their treatment of apprentices is excellent. When I came for my interview, I got an even better impression of the company, as I was given a tour of the factory and everyone I met was welcoming. It just struck me as a great place to work with loads of opportunities to progress.

Why did you choose to work in maintenance?
The variety it offers and being able to take a hands-on approach to my work. I know I’d rather be out and about rather than just sitting in an office and repeatedly doing the same thing.

What’s it like to work and study at the same time?
So far, I’ve been managing very well and there’s not been too much pressure involved. I know that it will keep increasing as I get deeper into my apprenticeship, but when the time comes I’ll be ready and willing to do it.

What did you find most interesting about Bisley?
I think Workflow, the fountain the company made out of filing cabinets for Clerkenwell Design Week is impressive. When I came for my interview here, I was shown the fountain and thought it was very cool.

How would you say your apprenticeship is going so far?
It’s a very new experience and my first time working in an industrial environment. But, I’m managing to take in loads of information and I’m really enjoying what I’m learning and the work I’m doing.

What would you like to take away from this experience?
I’d like to get good qualifications and do the best I possibly can in my apprenticeship. Then I’d like to see how far it can take me and work out my next step from there.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I like playing football for a local team, going out with my friends and having a laugh with them.