Training 2000 Representative with the two mgs apprentices sat around a table

MGS appoints Three New Apprentices

Blackburn-based MGS Technical Plastics is investing in the future with the appointment of three new apprentices. Manufacturing director Neil Garrity says that training young adults is not only essential for the UK to continue its manufacturing excellence, but that MGS’s apprenticeship programme has paid for itself ten times over.

The three apprentices at the injection moulding specialist are: Steven Hyde, toolroom trainee; Dillon Tennant, electrician apprentice; and Michael Critchley, trainee technician. As well as learning their job by getting hands-on at MGS, Steven and Dillon will also study for Level 3 Diplomas in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering with the College of West Anglia, which offers specialist injection moulding machine related courses, in partnership with Training 2000, based in MGS’s hometown. Michael will soon begin onsite training with Solution 4 Polymers in partnership with College of West Anglia.

The new trio takes the number of apprentices trained by MGS to six in the last five years, as the growing company aims to reach £10m annual turnover. Following a multimillion relocation to its current headquarters in the last decade, the firm has invested an additional £2m on property, machinery, staff and training.

Neil Garrity said: “Apprenticeships have proven to be very valuable to the individual, us as an employer, and the manufacturing industry as a whole. It is a great way to find and develop the fresh talent that our sector so badly needs.”

Neil says that a lack of companies offering apprenticeships over the last two decades has left the UK short on skilled workers, which could eventually hurt the country’s position as a world-leader in the field. And he says there is a very strong business case for employers to make the most of apprenticeship schemes.

Neil added: “There is always the risk that you train an individual who then goes on to work for another business, but despite that our apprenticeship programme has paid for itself ten times over. “Businesses that don’t take on apprentices are the dinosaurs of the sector and are hurting their own prospects as well as the industry as a whole.”

“Apprenticeships are also a great proposition for our trainees,” he said. “We give individuals a chance to shine, and the ones who show initiative get plenty of opportunities to develop their careers.”

Written by Amanda Jackson, TigerFish PR

Strong half year results for MGS Technical Plastics

Our half year results show that we’re well on the way to our £10m growth target.

With planning permission for further expansion submitted for approval and proposals to create more jobs, we could reach our goal even sooner than hoped.

The accounts, which cover trading for six months to the end of September 2015, put MGS Technical Plastics on course for £4m turnover this year. This closely tracks our plan to expand to an annual turnover in excess of £10m within five years.

To meet these ambitious targets, we have invested heavily in recent years. With support from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Regenerate Pennine Lancashire, we’ve recently completed a £2m move to our purpose-built premises.

Since then, we’ve spent more than £10m on new machines and specialist engineering equipment. Headcount is up to 40 and we plan to recruit 15 more within two years.

Our managing director, John Sturgess said: “It’s an incredibly exciting time for our company, with unprecedented levels of investment being rewarded with sharp increases in sales. Our target of £10m turnover seemed a lofty ambition when we first made the commitment, but we’ve made great progress and all indicators are that we are actually ahead of expectations.”

John said the main growth areas were the automotive sector, returning customers and reshoring – where skilled manufacturing work is brought back home to Britain.

“Over the last 12 months we have seen an increasing number of customers bring business to our home market rather than reach out to overseas suppliers,” he said. “They now appreciate that we can provide better quality, quicker turnaround, lower transport costs and more convenient stockholding levels.

“Our customers are reassured that we’re ‘just down the road’ so they can talk to us personally and review modifications and improvements quicker than ever before.”