Meet our apprentices - Karolis Dulskis

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.

To conclude our series of apprentice interviews (for now), we get to know Karolis Dulskis.

Karolis is a third-year Maintenance apprentice. His team repair machines which have broken down and gets them up and running again as soon as possible. They also perform routine checks, take measures to prevent break downs from occurring and service the machines to prolong their running life.

What are your main responsibilities?
Looking for the quickest and most efficient ways to fix any machines that might be having issues.

Did anyone inspire you to do an apprenticeship?
I made the decision on my own because it was something I was really interested in. I knew for certain I wanted a ‘hands-on’ job.

What has your experience of working for Bisley been like?
I think it’s a good company and it has a variety of different things to do, so you’re not working on the same machine all the time and get opportunities to use loads of different equipment and parts. It’s been a good way to learn what engineering is all about.

How do you handle all your tasks at work?
I think it’s important to find the right balance between trying to work independently and problem solve and asking questions when you do get stuck. But finding this balance has got easier as I’ve progressed through this experience.

Did anything surprise you when you started your apprenticeship?
Before starting at Bisley, I’d never been part of a working environment, so this was the first time I’ve been exposed to that. The size and scale of both the machines and the factory was a big surprise as well!

What do you like most about your job?
I get a massive buzz from fixing machines. After working hard to find solutions to the problem, it’s satisfying to see that you’ve got it up and running again.

What object or tool can you not live without at work?
Alan keys, they’re such a basic tool but we use them way more than you’d think!

What achievement are you most proud of in your apprenticeship?
I’m really proud of getting top grades in my all my assignments (Karolis received all Distinctions on his college assignments last year). I’m also proud of how much I’ve learned about the machines and how they work. I feel like I’ve achieved a lot so far that will be even more helpful when I become a fully qualified Maintenance Technician.

Is there anything you’re looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to starting my third year of college, so I can learn even more of the theory behind what I’m doing.

How have you changed throughout this experience?
When I’m presented with a setback, I look at things from many different perspectives so I can decide what the best solution will be. I also appreciate what goes into manufacturing and all the steps the materials go through before they become the finished product.

How would you describe yourself?

That concludes our apprentice series for this year. We’ll be returning in 2018 to speak to our newest intake of apprentices and find out how they are settling in.

A big thank you to all our apprentices who were interviewed for this series. It was a pleasure hearing your unique perspectives on apprenticeships at Bisley, along with learning a bit more about you. It’s also been great to share with everyone all the impressive things you’ve achieved.

And finally, thank you to Phil Westcott, HR Manager, for helping to make these interviews possible.