Monday, March 9, 2015

News: Apprentices jump start careers at IBCS

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Rotherham-based Industrial Battery and Charger Services Limited (IBCS), one of the UK's largest independent suppliers of forklift truck batteries and chargers, is growing with apprenticeships.

Funding from HSBC and a £120,000 business loan from Finance Yorkshire enabled the company to move from its original base in Darnall, Sheffield, to premises at Hellaby in 2012. The business has since moved again – to premises twice the size at the same location – to meet the growth in customer demand. Turnover has increased from £2.6m in 2012 to more than £4m in 2014.

IBCS operates an apprenticeship scheme which has seen two apprentices already qualify as electrical engineers while a third is six months into his apprenticeship at the company. The scheme is run in conjunction with Rotherham College.

Jonathan Jones, managing director at IBCS (pictured, right), said: "We see apprentices very much as the future of our business – once they are qualified, they have a trade and stay with us while we continue to invest in their training and development. Having an apprenticeship scheme has been very positive for us."

Dylan Bartholomew is the latest IBCS apprentice and has already completed a Level 2 Electrical Engineering course.

Dylan, 18, from Maltby (pictured, left), said: "This is my first job and I'm enjoying it very much. I'm learning a lot while at the same time going to college where I do my course in two-week blocks which works well alongside being at IBCS. Doing an apprenticeship is definitely the right route for me."

Alex McWhirter, chief executive at Finance Yorkshire, added: "Our investments help companies to grow and create job opportunities which enables them to invest in people – including apprentices – who acquire invaluable skills which allow Yorkshire and the Humber to become an even stronger economy."

The eighth annual National Apprenticeship Week takes place from March 9-13 2015, with hundreds of events expected to take place across England.

The week, which is coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

IBCS website

Images: Finance Yorkshire

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