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 Jack Doyle. Jack is in the third year of an apprenticeship in Maintenance. His team repair machines which have broken down and makes sure they’re up and running again as soon as possible. They also perform routine checks, taking measures to prevent break downs from occurring and servicing the machines to prolong their running life.

Why did you want to work for Bisley?
The company’s reputation attracted me. When you think of filing cabinets, the first name that comes to mind is Bisley, so it’s a company I’m proud to be part of.

Describe a typical day.
To be honest, a typical day for me involves a lot of observation, but there are also lots of chances for me to get stuck in and get my hands dirty. My team can be called out to any area of the factory to fix equipment that may have developed a problem or broken down. I go along to learn what to do and assist when I’m needed. There may be no breakdowns of course so when that is the case I will work with electricians in the factory or warehouse. It’s always extremely varied and I learn something new every day.

How do you find working and studying at the same time?
It’s going very well. If I would’ve chosen the university option, all the academic work would have been quite draining on my mind whereas only performing physical tasks can be quite draining on your body. In an apprenticeship, I get a great balance of both. I get to perform hands on tasks while learning all the theory behind it.

How would you describe the working environment?
It’s very friendly and everyone is very supportive. I get along really well with my everyone and there’s always someone to help me if I have a question or am unsure of anything.

How have you grown and developed during your apprenticeship?
I’ve been learning and growing since day one. In my first four months of college, I started learning about wiring plugs and monitors and have kept building up my knowledge from there.

What is the most exciting thing about your job?
I’ve been given a project which requires me to modify the security setting for some of our production machines. Along with wiring, I work on our remote start/stop systems. I’m glad to be working on such an interesting project as well as my other work. I’m hoping that I can soon take on more of a leadership role on this project.

What is a tool that you rely on at work?
Electrical tape. I use it to temporarily hold different wires and components in place and mark the work I’ve already completed. It’s great for a bit of everything.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
In my first year, I received distinctions for all of my BTEC assignments, which is the highest mark possible. I was thrilled because I worked hard and felt I went above and beyond.

What do you hope to gain most from this apprenticeship?
I would love to learn more about programming PLC software which drives an industrial digital computer adapted to control elements of the manufacturing processes like assembly lines. I would like to learn more about the automation side of maintenance and to spend more time on computer programming.

If you had a time machine where would you travel back to?
It would have to be World War Two. I’d love to be a fly on the wall and watch everything happen.