October 10th


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Bailey is pleased to announce that shop floor trainee, Andrew Barr, has been offered a permanent position at the company after successfully completing his training and probation period.
Andy joins the team in a full-time permanent role as a press break machinist, after spending the past five months learning the ropes. He will aid the 13-strong shop floor team in manufacturing Bailey’s wide range of building envelope products and systems.
It has been thanks to Bailey’s commitment to comprehensive training and mentoring that Andy was able to apply for a position at the company with no previous experience in the industry. Instead, it was his enthusiasm and willingness to take on new challenges that impressed the team during his interview.
Andy explains:

“Since achieving a BTEC at sixth form, I worked in a few warehouse and labouring jobs before travelling to Australia to play cricket – a big passion of mine. Once I returned to the UK I knew I wanted to learn a trade, earn some money and progress in a career. I’m a very hands on person and learning on the job really appealed to me, which is why I applied for a role at Bailey.
“I was taught how to operate the press break machine to bend and shape the metal to create cassettes and guttering. To begin with I was blown away by the technical knowledge you have to have in order to work out the angles and adjustments for different metal sizes and designs. It was like a new language! But with support from the team everything began to click into place.”

Trainees at Bailey are introduced to the theory and geometry of the job through practical learning. It is a challenging process, but one that has many rewards, says Andy.

“Applying the mathematics in a real life scenario is not something we were really taught enough at school, so it’s great to be involved in these huge construction projects and put it to use. I’ve learnt how to programme the press break machine, how to decipher technical drawings and improved my problem solving skills too.
“I want to progress and become a master of my trade, helping to continue the company’s success. I would recommend others to look into manufacturing jobs, as they’re not promoted as much in school, but offer great opportunities. Bailey is a great place to work, the team have been so helpful and friendly.”

Daniel Gilmore, Bailey CEO, says:

“We’re delighted to have Andy as a part of the Bailey family. He’s worked hard and come a long way since he joined us. He is keen to keep learning and growing, which is an attitude we actively encourage at Bailey. We’re dedicated to continual training and improvement for all of our staff – it’s one of the many perks we’re proud to offer as a business.”

To find out more about Andy, read his staff profile.
If you’re looking for a new role in an exciting and dynamic team, take a look at our careers page or get in touch on 01403 261844.