Our Graduating Early Career Talent

This week we celebrated Jack Owen, James Pugh, Charles Horsburgh and Dylan Enfield, who have recently graduated from their Foundation Level Degrees, achieving incredible results!

Over the past 2 years, our early career talent have worked hard to achieve this academic accolade in Manufacturing and Engineering, gaining valuable knowledge and skills to help them advance in their desired career paths.

Since joining the business, all four individuals have shown a huge commitment to their self-development and pushed themselves to achieve great results in all aspects of their learning, completing Apprenticeships, NVQ’s, BTEC’s and Degrees in close succession whilst developing in their full-time roles within the business.

“Extremely PROUD to see the progression and achievements for these members of our Early Career Talent and hopefully demonstrates the potential pathways and opportunities for our current and future Early Career Talent” – Richard Sadler, Director of Engineering

Early Career Talent is a huge part of our DNA here at Sertec and we are encouraged to see the impact all our Early Career Talent are having towards the success of our business.

Carl Milbourne, General Manager and Early Career Alumni Mentor stated “we have been excited to see their progress and are committed to supporting all our early career talent in reaching their full potential.”

Join us in congratulating them all on their fantastic achievement!

Welcome to Our Class of 2023!

This month our new early career talent spent some time with our learning and development department as part of their induction to learn more about what to expect during their time with the business.

Our previous apprentices took part in a Q&A session to answer questions about apprenticeships at Sertec and their current roles within the organisation. Our new apprentices found this extremely helpful and informative, giving them a better understanding of what to expect over their apprenticeships and beyond.

Our early career talent are now ready to embark on an exciting career journey with Sertec across various UK sites and disciplines within the business. We wish them the best of luck in their adventure and are excited to have them as part of the team!

Employee in the Spotlight – World Social Media Day

To celebrate World Social Media Day – 30th June – we caught up with our Communications Coordinator to talk about her job role and all things social media. Keep reading to check out the employee in the spotlight!

Interview with Bria Murphy – Communications Coordinator

Q. What does your role involve?

A. I have a wide variety of responsibilities in my role from internal communications (e.g. daily emails and company newsletter) to external communications including updating our website with vacancies and news stories, creating content for all of our social media channels and occasionally assisting in organising, running and attending events.

Q. Why is social media so valuable today?

A. Social media is a vital part of marketing and can help build a community of like-minded individuals, helping businesses promote their products and services for a really low cost.

Q. What is your favourite social media platform?

A. My favourite social media platform changes so often depending on the type of content I feel like creating and have ideas for. At the moment though, my favourite platform is tik tok, which I post on 2-3 times a day. I love the community aspect of the channel and I find creating video content really fun.

Q. What is your least favourite aspect of social media?

A. There are negative connotations linked to social media, where there can be judgement and fake/overly-curated content. The judgement on social media is my least favourite aspect as people should feel comfortable posting what they like and are passionate about.

Q. How does our social media presence impact us at Sertec?

A. Social media has elevated our business and provided us with opportunities to network and grow our customer base. It has provided us with a platform to share content about what’s going on in our business and celebrate our achievements. I believe it has been a step forward for the business.

Q. If you could change one thing about our social media activity, what would it be?

A. I think we should post more over on tik tok as it is a channel that is growing massively at the moment. There are so many opportunities to get involved in trends and build a community on the platform. Social media channels are also prioritising video content at the moment so it would benefit us as a business.

To read more Sertec news, visit https://www.sertec.co.uk/newsroom/ or stay up to date over on our socials: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sertec-group-holdings-ltd/

Long Service Awards

Each year we host our annual long service awards ceremony for our long-standing employees.

The ceremony is a chance for us to celebrate our employees that have achieved 25 years of service and gives employees the opportunity to network with each other and our board of directors, while reminiscing about their time at Sertec.

In May, we held the annual ceremony to acknowledge the loyalty and dedication displayed by our employees who have shaped the business and been paramount to its success.

Congratulations to all of our employees who received an award this year. It is a fantastic achievement and something to be extremely proud of!

Our 2023 long-service employees receiving their awards

To read more Sertec news, visit https://www.sertec.co.uk/newsroom/ or stay up to date over on our socials: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sertec-group-holdings-ltd/

Employee in the Spotlight – International Women in Engineering Day

To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day – 23rd June – we caught up with some of our women at Sertec to talk about their careers in engineering and their current roles within the business. Keep reading to check out the employee in the spotlights!

Interview with Sam Thornley – Special Projects Engineer

Q. What is your current role and what are your main responsibilities?

A. I currently work as a Special Projects Engineer and am responsible for investigating new technologies as well as developing processes for new model launches.

Q. How long have you had a career in engineering?

A. I have worked in engineering for almost 33 years and have spent nearly 5 & ½ with Sertec.

Q. What encouraged you to pursue a career in engineering?

A. I have always been interested in how things work, as well as the use of data for decision-making. I have even trained as a Metallurgist, understanding how metals behave.

Q. What do you like about engineering and what is the most enjoyable part of your job?

A. I like that no 2 days are the same and there is always something to learn and ways we can improve – every day is a school day. I loved working on the EV project as I have learnt so much and enhanced my skill set. Sertec has some amazing people who are great to work with and make my time here enjoyable.

Interview with Rasham Kaur – Team Leader

Q. What is your current role and what are your main responsibilities?

A.  I currently work as a Team Leader/Supervisor and my responsibilities include looking after my team and ensuring the schedule is followed.

Q. How long have you had a career in engineering?

A. I have worked in engineering for 20 years and have spent 9 of those at Sertec.

Q. What encouraged you to pursue a career in engineering?

A. Previously I was a sewing machinist for 21 years before getting made redundant and then felt like doing something different, which lead me to engineering.

Q. What do you like about engineering and what is the most enjoyable part of your job?

A. I believe my skills are suited to this job and engaging with people. I feel that the most enjoyable part of my job is being able to meet targets and challenge myself, along with teamwork.

To read more Sertec news, visit https://www.sertec.co.uk/newsroom/ or stay up to date over on our socials: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sertec-group-holdings-ltd/

Sertec Corporation LTD have been shortlisted for The Manufacturer MX Awards 2022

Sertec Corporation Ltd shortlisted for The Manufacturer MX Awards 2022.

Sertec Corporation will now go head-to-head with manufacturers across the country for first place in the People & Skills category.

Britain’s top manufacturing companies have made it through to the finals of the UK’s largest and most rigorous industry awards programme: The Manufacturer MX Awards (TMMX Awards). Delivered by The Manufacturer in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), TMMX Awards have a combined heritage of over 50 years and are widely regarded as the gold standard in industry awards.

2022 has been an unprecedented year for entries with a significant number of new companies entering including Druck, Reckitt, and blood glucose monitoring manufacturer Lifescan Scotland, alongside regular participants including Gripple, The Park and Yunex Traffic – all vying to win 11 category awards, and ultimately the coveted title of Manufacturer of the Year. Also returning this year for the first time since COVID-19 restrictions have eased, is the Manufacturing in Action category where The Manufacturer team have been able to visit some of the UK’s most innovative and agile manufacturers.

The shortlist represents the true diversity of UK manufacturing, ranging from smaller companies like filter and capacitator-maker MPE, and foam converter manufacturer Foam Engineers, to the sole British producer of sugar from sugar beet, as well as medicinal cannabis, British Sugar, beverage manufacturer, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners and manufacturer and retailer of kitchens, Wren Kitchens.

Natalie Carter, Vice President of Human Resources said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. This is a testament to the creativity, hard work and ‘people first’ philosophy driven by the HR team and adopted by the business. We continue to build on the Sertec DNA, based on our employees’ feedback, to truly make Sertec a place that people WANT to work.

Commenting on this year’s programme, Managing Director of The Manufacturer, Grace Gilling said: “With UK manufacturers facing unprecedented pressures from rising energy costs, a looming talent and recruitment crisis, and continued supply chain issues, it is testament to their resilience that so many companies have committed to participating in The Manufacturer MX Awards rigorous benchmarking and continuous improvement programme. This shows a deep commitment to recognise the successes of their teams, and to showcase their achievements. Now is the time to SHOUT about the amazing variety of UK manufacturing businesses – thank you, well done for making the shortlist, and good luck for the next round!”

The finalists go through to the second round of the competition, where companies in eight of the 10 categories will receive a factory visit with judges gathering first-hand evidence of the entry in action, travelling the length and the breadth of the UK. Finalists in the International Trade and Young Manufacturer categories will deliver a presentation at a judging day.

Judges include previous TMMX Awards winners, Fellows from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), representatives from each of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centres (HVMC), leading academics, and industry experts.

The winners will be announced at The Manufacturer MX Awards gala dinner and ceremony on 17 November at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool. As the culminating event of Digital Manufacturing Week 2022, the evening is always a true celebration of the best of British manufacturing and this year’s event will smash all previous records, with 900 guests set to be in attendance to fill the capacity of the venue. Rory Bremner, known impressionist and comedian, noted for his work in political satire and impressions of British public figures, is confirmed as guest speaker.