Apprentices look to supercharge firm

Dylan Bartholomew, apprentice at Industrial Battery & Charger Services Ltd (IBCS), Rotherham pictured with company owner Jonathan Jones. Picture: Shaun Flannery.
Dylan Bartholomew, apprentice at Industrial Battery & Charger Services Ltd (IBCS), Rotherham pictured with company owner Jonathan Jones. Picture: Shaun Flannery.
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Apprentices are helping to supercharge the UK’s largest independent service provider for forklift batteries, based in Rotherham.

Two apprentices at Rotherham Industrial Battery and Charger Services have qualified as electrical engineers and a third is six months into his apprenticeship at the company.

IBCS received a £120,000 Business Loan from Finance Yorkshire and has increased turnover from £2.6m in 2012 to more than £4m in 2014.

Managing director Jonathan Jones said: “We see apprentices very much as the future of our business. Once they are qualified, they have a trade and stay with us while we continue to invest in their training and development. Having an apprenticeship scheme has been very positive for us.”

The IBCS apprenticeship scheme is run in conjunction with Rotherham College where the company’s latest apprentice, Dylan Bartholomew, has already completed a Level 2 electrical engineering course. Dylan, aged 18, from Maltby, said: “This is my first job and I’m enjoying it very much. I’m learning a lot while at the same time going to college where I do my course in two-week blocks which works well alongside being at IBCS. Doing an apprenticeship is definitely the right route for me.”

National Apprenticeship Week is this week, March 9-13.