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Ben attends an IT course one day a week at Exeter College as part of the apprenticeship scheme he is on through his employer, Axminster Tools & Machinery. He was put forward for the award by his Skills Officer, Alex Yeo who recognised Ben’s commitment to pursue a successful career in IT and his motivation to build on his technical and interpersonal skills. Alex said: “Ben has worked hard on his apprenticeship and has now progressed to the advanced apprenticeship with a clear focus to develop his career further.”
A career in IT was not always on Ben’s agenda. He played professional football for Torquay when he was 16 and for a few years thought that was where his future would lie. A move back to his home town of Axminster in 2011 led him to apply for a position at Axminster Tools & Machinery and he was successful in securing a role as part of the Technology team in January 2013.
Ben’s tutor, Lucinda Sanders, said: “Ben participates fully in all learning activities, works well with others in the group and is always willing to share his ideas. Ben has fully embraced the opportunity that this apprenticeship has offered and has made great progress.”
Many congratulations go to Ben on his achievement.
Much can be achieved in the space of a year and this is certainly the case for Axminster Tools & Machinery’s Servicing Apprentice, Ryan Moore, who joined the company's apprenticeship scheme in August 2013.
Ryan (18) recently took the title of Young Driver of the Year in the 2014 Wiscombe Hill Climb Championship. This is no mean feat considering Ryan first took up the motor sport of hill climbing in February this year, having passed his driving test only six months earlier. Ryan, in his Ford Puma, took part in some twelve races with usually eight or so drivers from other parts of the UK competing in each race. The points he accumulated over the racing period resulted in him achieving top spot on the podium and taking the title in his first season.
Ryan says he has grown up around cars and inherited his love of motor racing from his dad, Craig - a mechanic - who himself started with grass tracking racing when he was just 11 years old. Dad Craig still competes in hill climbs all over the UK and took second place this season.
Now Ryan has one successful season under his belt, what’s next for the young driver in 2015? With a wide smile, Ryan replies: “More racing, faster cars and competing further afield”. Congratulations to Ryan on his achievement. Unfortunately no champagne was available at the time of the photo shoot but we wish Ryan every success with the 2015 season.
We will be taking a selection of machines from our Engineer Series, Model Engineer Series and CNC Technology Series ranges. Experts, including Skill Centre engineering course tutor Bob Rolph, CNC engineer Mark Vincent and engineering enthusiast Tom Galvin, will be on hand to talk you through the finer points of these machines.
Show days and times are as follows:
Friday 14 November 1000-1830
Saturday 15 November 0900-1830
Sunday 16 November 0900-1730
Carpentry and Joinery students at Warrington Collegiate recently enjoyed a master class and demonstration of the latest technology in tools and machinery.
Axminster Tools & Machinery is passionate about education and investment in skills. With more than 40 years experience of equipping education, the company supplies to over 7000 educational establishments. Technical expertise, award winning customer service and premium quality products make the company an ideal fit for education.
Ben Whitfield, Lecturer in Site Joinery at Warrington Collegiate said: “Our students need to be both technically skilled and up-to-date with the latest innovations in order to become the next generation of skilled craftsmen ready to enter the tough job market of the construction industry today.”
The latest issue of TopTools is out now! It's packed with useful information, new tools, special offers and much more.
Are you a Hobby or Trade user?
Have a read and let us know what you think in the comments box below!
As featured in November's issue of Top Tools:
To accompany the new video The Master, Paul von der Heyde delivered the following message:
“Those of you who were at the Royal Charter Dinner last night will have heard me talk about our progress so far this year which illustrates how our strategy is being delivered with the generous help and support of our members. I would now like to enlist your help again in making the mission of The Furniture Makers’ Company known throughout the industry. The Furniture Makers’ Company not only upholds excellence, education and charitable work for past, present and future furniture makers but we are the leading voice and champion for the entire furnishings industry, from fabric to carpets, lighting to wall coverings and beyond. We have produced a brief video that delivers a clear message about our mission – and we need your help to get that message out to the 250,000+ employees in the furnishing industry. Together we can make our voice even more effective for our industry.”
To view the video, please click here.
Deneb Puchalski, hand tool and sharpening guru from Lie-Nielsen, will be visiting Ireland, England and Scotland this November. The tour will include three exclusive events in locations that have not hosted Lie-Nielsen demonstrations before: Sheffield, Newcastle and Glasgow.
The tour starts in Ireland where Deneb will be demonstrating at GMIT College, Galway and the Carpentry Store, Naas. Across to the UK and Deneb will visit Axminster Tools & Machinery in Nuneaton, Brodies in Perth and the Harrogate Show for all three days. Deneb said: “I’ve demonstrated in Scotland and the north of England before but never been to Sheffield, Newcastle or Glasgow. I’m really looking forward to it and it will also give me the chance to talk about our new tapered saws.”
Deneb, who tours North America demonstrating Lie-Nielsen tools, is the recognised authority on how to get the very best from these superb tools. He can help with advice on sharpening, plane tuning and many more techniques. His passion and enthusiasm for the tools he works with are clear to all who have seen his demonstrations.
Last week the Furniture Makers' Company hosted their annual Young Furniture Makers exhibition, sponsored by Corporate Member, Axminster Tools & Machinery. There were exhibits from students at all levels, from FDA to BA to MA, and from the numerous colleges and universities the Furniture Makers' Company supports, including Birmingham City University, Bucks New University, Burnley College, De Montfort University, Edward Barnsley Workshop, Leeds College of Art and Design, London Met, Plymouth University, Rycotewood and Warwickshire College.
Awards were made for a number of industry partnerships, where companies such as Burbidge, Ercol, Hands, Gordon Russell, Crofts & Assinder, Willis & Gambier and KI Europe worked with university students on specific projects.
Did anyone catch yesterday's The Observer newspaper? If you did, you may have seen that Mark Millar, DIY expert and one of the TV show DIY SOS team, reviewed some of our hi-tech, digital tools in his "Tried and Tested" feature.
If you missed it, you can now take a look at the full article online by clicking here.
Customer service is pivotal to the success of a business and no less so to ours. This week (6th-10th October) is National Customer Service Week and we here at Axminster Tools & Machinery will be focusing on the importance of excellent customer service and examining what our customers both want and need.
Nominations have already been put forward for the award of Customer Service Champion from among our frontline staff. Eligible candidates are those in our Customer Services, After Sales, Business Services and Export Sales teams. Throughout the week call centre staff will be voting for our Customer Services Support Champion – an individual from another department within the Company who assists call centre staff most in providing our customers with a high standard of customer service.
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