Apprentices keep the UK competitive, says award-winning MGS Technical Plastics

This week is the 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week, a week-long, country-wide celebration of apprenticeships. And here at MGS, we believe there is a lot to celebrate.

Following the appointment of six new apprentices over the last 18 months, they now account for more than 10 per cent of our total workforce.

And that’s not forgetting that each of our directors began their careers on apprenticeship programmes.

Ask Neil Garrity, our Operations Director, and he’ll tell you that not only are apprentices the key to our success, but they’re crucial to keeping Britain competitive in a global marketplace.

“Apprenticeships are absolutely critical to the future of the engineering industry,” says Neil.

“The programme allows firms like ours to shape the next generation of workers in terms of skills and attitudes, while the apprentices earn a professional qualification and benefit from on-the-job, hands-on training.

“But while employing apprentices has been fantastic for our business. I think some of our peers worry that an individual may walk away once they have completed their training. Despite this small risk, our apprenticeship programme has paid for itself ten times over.”

Neil says: “Employers who choose not to invest in apprentices are being left behind. They struggle to source the skills they need while forward-thinking companies like ours design bespoke programmes for the specific work we undertake, creating our dream workforce.

“Our apprentices get the experience on the job and can really gain in skills and confidence. Both our staff and our company can progress. It’s a win-win situation.”

The apprentices who have joined MGS in the last 18 months range from school-leavers beginning their careers through to supervisors looking to boost their skills sets.

They are: Lee Smith, Technician Apprentice; Steven Hyde, Toolroom Apprentice; Dillon Tennant, Electro Mechanical Engineer Apprentice; Simon Glasson, Leadership Apprenticeship; Glenn Miller, Leadership Apprenticeship; and Mark Hartley, Technician Apprentice.

Judson sat down in front of MGS logo

MGS announces senior appointment ahead of growth

26/10/18

Judson Smythe has been appointed to the board of directors at Lancashire-based moulding specialist MGS Technical Plastics as it plans its next stage of growth. Judson joined the company in the summer of 2016 and has now joined the board as Technical Director.

The 32-year-old brought international experience to the role, joining MGS from the Jasco Group in Durban, South Africa, where he was an Engineering Manager working with 50 injection moulding machines and a workforce of 250. He was previously an Apprentice Tool and Die maker, and later read Industrial Engineering at Durban University of Technology.

Now he will play an integral role in MGS’s bid to reach £10m turnover. He will oversee the technical capacity of factory operations and hold responsibility for tooling and new product introductions.

Since moving to its Blackburn home in a major £2m project, MGS has invested heavily in upgrading and adding to its equipment. The most recent purchase is a KraussMaffei KM900 dual platen machine with a 900-tonne capacity at a cost of £530,000. MGS has also invested a five-figure sum in Thingtrax, which uses the Internet of Things to monitor production around the clock and identify inefficiencies in production processes.

Judson said: “This is the most exciting time in the company’s history and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to play a role in taking it to the next level.

“With modifications to the factory and significant investment in new equipment, we have strong foundations on which we can build towards our ambitious growth targets.”

John Sturgess, Director at MGS said: “The most important resource for our company is the people we employ. Our skills, expertise and customer-first approach put us ahead of the competition.

“Judson is a shining example of what we’re all about. He is a great addition to our management team and we’re sure he’ll play a valuable role in our growth over the coming years.”

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Charity Knockout for MGS

The MGS team took part in an “It’s a Knockout” Event at the weekend, based on the hit tv programme from the 70s.

The event was to raise money for Theo’s Warriors, a local charity dedicated to the support and treatment of children with cancer. The team, consisting of members from across MGS, got stuck into completing the 5 challenges and had a great day participating against the other 8 teams. The MGS Team ended up finishing fourth overall.

MGS Welcomes Judson as new Project Engineer.

In line with our growth plans, MGS Technical Plastics has recruited experienced project engineer Judson Smythe from South Africa.

His appointment follows a review of the additional management capacity needed to handle the increase in orders here at MGS.

Our director John Sturgess said: “We’ve got some really big projects coming up and realised that we needed a specialist to manage the processes and keep them on schedule”

Judson (30) joins us from the Jasco Group in Durban, SA, where he was an engineering manager working with 50 injection moulding machines and a workforce of 250.

He was previously a tool and die maker, and later studied industrial engineering at Durban University of Technology.

Judson said: “I’ve always worked in the plastics industry and joining MGS is the perfect opportunity to expand my horizons and experience another country’s approach to the manufacturing sector.

“In my new role I will be responsible for new product introduction and managing current projects. I’ll be drawing on my experience whilst working on technical projects to ensure that our work is done right, first time, every time.”

John added “With his international experience of working within world leading organisations, Judson has a lot to bring to the table and we’re looking forward to working with him, hearing his ideas and delivering an even better service to our customers.”

You may also be interested in reading about other members of our team, read more here and here.

Non-executive Director Glenn Cooper

MGS strengthens growth plans with non-executive director

MGS has laid the groundwork for our next phase of expansion with the appointment of our first non-executive director, an advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron.

Glenn Cooper, who has been invited to 10 Downing Street and on to BBC TV to discuss business issues, joins us as we aim to increase our annual turnover from £4m to £10m within the next five years.

MGS already has a strong record of investment and growth in recent years, including a £2m relocation from Bolton to our current Blackburn home, as well as a series of appointments throughout a number of departments.

Our owner John Sturgess said: “We have enjoyed great success with our expansion plans so far, but each time we set our sights higher, we enter into unchartered territory.”

“Glenn is an experienced business owner and advisor with a string of successes under his belt. His knowledge and expertise will play a crucial role in guiding us through the next stage of our development and we are very excited to welcome him to our team.”

You may also be interested in reading about other members of our team, read more here and here.