Welcome to our new team members!

We’d like to welcome our three new employees, Dixie, Sue and Craig. This blog delves into their role, what they get up to outside of work and more!

First up is our new Project Co-Ordinator, Dixie Whitten.

Can you tell us about you background?
Towards the end of sixth form I realised university wasn’t for me – so got a business apprenticeship with In-Comm Training. Through that I started working at FBC Manby Bowlder, where I was heavily involved in the marketing side. Having my first taste of working life, I really enjoyed getting out to events – even on the weekends and evenings!

How did you start working at MCMT?
After volunteering in Africa for four months, I came home and the job search began! When I saw the job vacancy, I recognised the name from my In-Comm Training apprenticeship. I knew it’d be a great place to work for and get involved with, so applied for the role.

What does your job entail?
Everyday is different! I do project administration, help Sophie on reception, get involved with the ESF project, plan training days and help rent out the auditorium space for events. I pretty much get involved with everything!

What advice would you give to someone thinking about an apprenticeship?
I’d say go for it, I went for an apprenticeship over university and it’s one of the best choices I’ve ever made!

What are your hobbies outside of work?
I love boxing, I’m currently training for a charity boxing match. I’m also training as a personal trainer and love working out!

Follow Dixie on LinkedIn here

Next up we spoke with Craig Howard, our Sales and Marketing Manager.

Can you tell us about you background?
This is currently my second week at MCMT. Prior to this I worked at Telford College as head of Business Development. I’ve worked with a lot of adults and apprentices in the local area for a long time!

What made you want to work at MCMT?
I came to work for MCMT because of the fantastic opportunities here for the local area. It’s a niche sector, that provides quality training. I also like how apprenticeships are designed and developed for employers, by employers. MCMT isn’t just a provider, we support learners and have great links with employers.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about an apprenticeship?
I would say think long term about what you’re looking for. Your apprenticeship is just a step on the ladder to your job, so have a serious think about where you see yourself in the future.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
I just recently completed the London marathon – it was a fantastic experience. Training was difficult, but you don’t do those sort of things because they’re easy! It’s great to put your mind to something.

Follow Craig on LinkedIn here

Finally we spoke with Susan Williams, who works in Apprentice Recruitment. 

Can you tell us about you background?
Before coming to work for MCMT, I worked as a science teacher In Bridgnorth for 10 years. I was also a sixth form mentor, helping students with their next steps.

What made you want to work at MCMT?
Working in the Bridgnorth area, I’ve known about MCMT since it opened. I used to encourage my students to study there and promote it to them! I always thought it was a fantastic opportunity to give students practical skills before they enter full-time employment. I did a degree in civil engineering, so know how it feels to start working and not have that practical knowledge behind you.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about an apprenticeship?
Think carefully about the path you want to take, and really try to think about what you’d like to do in the future.

What does your job entail?
My main focus is apprentice recruitment, but I also plan to arrange school taster days and workshops. I also hope to encourage girls to get an apprenticeship in engineering, and highlight the fantastic opportunities here at MCMT.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Well, having two young children doesn’t leave you much spare time! We have recently just got a camper van and will be enjoying that over summer, plus we have a new puppy. So there’s lots going on!

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