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Apprentice helps Company motor through lockdown
A Rotherham auto electrical company motored through lockdown by keeping key workers and the nation’s truckers on the road.
Family-run Maltby Auto Electrical Services Ltd (MAES) stayed open and ramped up its online warehouse division, Splitcharge.co.uk to ensure urgently-needed parts reached haulage and construction companies, teachers, NHS staff and other key workers.
MAES set up individual staff work stations and made PPE available to ensure a safe working environment.
The company was also able to keep its commitment to an apprentice it had planned to take on in March.
Seven weeks into lockdown, Hayley Barker, 18, joined the warehouse division as a customer service apprentice.
“We need Hayley because we are so busy. But also we strongly feel this year’s school and college-leavers deserve the chance to start careers,” said MAES finance director Ann Ogley, wife of MD Richard.
“We urge other local businesses to take up apprentices. It takes time to train someone, but the result is a worker who does the job exactly the way you need it done.
“Finding our apprentices’ interests and strengths, and working with them, has proved to be very good for our business.”
The Source Skills Academy recruited Hayley for MAES as a Level 2 customer service practitioner and will be overseeing her workplace learning.
It’s the second chance of a career for Hayley, who had planned to be an Army veterinary technician.
But 10 months into a college course in animal management, she discovered her lifelong metabolic disorder phenylketonuria (PKU) prevented her from going into the Forces.
She decided on a customer service career and contacted The Source.
Said Hayley: “They took time to understand what I was interested in and found me several apprenticeships to apply for. I jumped at a role with Maltby Auto Electrical but within days of being offered a position, the pandemic hit.
“It could have meant another career setback for me but they still took me on,” said Hayley. “I am so grateful for this opportunity.”
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