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 Ryan Bailey. Ryan is in his third year of a tool making apprenticeship. He is observing and learning the design, crafting and maintenance of the precision tools that go into our machines.

Who inspired you to do an apprenticeship?
My step dad. I used to be in college doing something similar, but it wasn’t really suited to me. My step dad told me about apprenticeships as an alternative. At first, I was unsure, but I’m very glad I decided to do it.

Why did you choose to work in tool making?
I like working with my hands. I’ve always had an interest in science and tool making allows me to have a career where I can express this interest. I’m a bit of a nerd I suppose!

What are your main responsibilities at work?
I make many of the components that our tools consist of. I’m also learning about tool design, how to make press tools and refurbishing tools that need to be repaired.

How do you approach these?
In my team we have a saying – “measure twice, cut once.” When working in tool making, it’s important to always pay attention to instructions, think carefully about what you’re doing and take each task step-by-step. It’s this thought process that helps me ensure that the tools I make are correct and ready on time.

How would you describe your day-to-day working environment?
It’s a very good for learning because there’s always someone on hand to give me advice. But, I’m never spoon fed everything I need to know. I’m always given some direction, but I then have to find the rest of the answers myself. This really helps me to take in and practice what I’ve learned, as the more I figure out different tasks myself, the more I can solve problems.

What are the main skills you want to take away from your experience?
I think it’s just generally learning as much as possible and applying all my training. I’m taking this route because there’s no point in learning information you’re never going to use. Doing an apprenticeship will lead to a career where I’ll be using the skills I’ve learnt every day.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I like trying new things and doing as much as possible. I’ve taken on loads of activities like playing electric guitar and judo. I also like reading the classics and there’s still loads of books I want to read.

Describe your perfect holiday.
I’d love to go on a trip across different parts of Asia. I’m definitely one for scenery and Asia has some amazing sights.