Barton Marine is an established local business specialising in sailing products manufactured in the beautiful town of Whitstable, Kent. Founded over 65 years ago, Barton Marine produces more than 1,000 different products for use on small dinghies and keel boats to yachts of up to 16 metres.
Like any growing local business, Managing Director, Paul Botterill, was looking to expand his team and believed that bringing an apprentice on board would inject new ideas and perspective to a traditional business structure: “As an employer, I am happy to invest time and resources into an apprentice who is willing and capable to learn, whilst bringing a fresh approach to work. There is always room for new blood in our company and in our sector as a whole.”
Paul approached the local PeoplePlus branch in September 2014 looking to hire an apprentice.
“I chose PeoplePlus to help me find the right apprentice for the job as I had heard good stories from other businesses in the area who had a positive experience working with them”.
“We had very specific requirements regarding age and location of the ideal apprentice and I appreciated that PeoplePlus delivered on that – they helped us find the perfect fit for the role and showed that they have the expertise to carry out apprenticeship recruitment on our behalf”
We shortlisted four potential apprentices for Paul by the time he came in to meet and interview our candidates. Paul interviewed each of our carefully-selected candidates and Jed made the best impression, giving Paul no trouble making a decision.
“It was great to hand over the process of looking for and finding potential candidates to match our needs, and only have to get involved at interview stage.”
Jed started his Performing Manufacturing Operations Apprenticeship ( Intermediate Level 2) at Barton Marine in January 2015. Although it’s only been a month, Paul recognises the difference he’s making in the Mould Shop, where Jed is shadowing and learning from one of his colleagues, but also to the team and general atmosphere at work.
“Jed has been off to a great start and he’s learning very quickly. Him being here has had a really positive impact on the team; he uplifts the rest of the workforce. Having an apprentice around gives staff at Barton a sense of commitment to nurturing skills and talent”.
Since January, Jed has been settling in very well: “It’s been great to get support from PeoplePlus. I felt like I was kept in the loop all the time and it’s great to be in work, learn new skills and be looked after so well too both by my tutor as well as my team”.
As the team is looking forward to continued growth and expanding global distribution, Paul is keen to employ more apprentices in the future.
“We are fortunate to have a highly skilled local workforce, a number of whom have worked for the company for over 20 years, and who are keen to pass on their skills to the younger members of the team. I would definitely consider bringing at least another apprentice in the business in the next year”
We are delighted to continue to work with employers like Barton Marine and see the difference our services and candidates make to the business in the long run.