ESTnet Premier Member Axiom Manufacturing Services Ltd has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting young talent entering the Welsh electronics sector with two new appointments to its internship programme.
Rachel Yip (20) and Tim Johnston (21) join Axiom Manufacturing Services for a year in industry placement, which will form part of their Logistics & Supply Chain Management degree course at the University of South Wales.
By joining Axiom Manufacturing Services’ 12 month internship programme, Rachel and Tim have secured the opportunity to gain first-hand experience working with the procuring department of one of Wales’ leading technology companies.
Speaking of her reasons for choosing Axiom, Rachel Yip, said: “Axiom came highly recommended by my course leaders at university, and being local to the area I knew that they were a good company to work with. I interviewed for internships with a few employers, but I instantly preferred the supportive atmosphere here and couldn’t pass up the chance to gain experience and build networks with the company.”
Tim Johnston commented: “I’m set on working within the manufacturing sector and from the time of my first interview, I knew that the team at Axiom would help me to gain the best work experience to aid my studies and start my career.”
The pair take the reins from current Axiom interns, Oliver Butler and Lorna Dodge, who will now return the University of South Wales for the final year of their studies, taking with them the knowledge and experience gained over their ‘year in industry’ placement.
Speaking of his year at Axiom, Oliver Butler said: “I initially joined Axiom because it offered the broadest and most engaging job role and on offer. This last year has given me a great insight into many different sectors. The teams’ support has made me more confident and experienced; it’s even helped me to choose the subject for my final year dissertation. I’d definitely choose a career in contract electronics manufacturing after my degree.”
Lorna Dodge, said: “I’m grateful to Axiom for supporting me over this last year. The internship has been a great opportunity to try something new and it’s been more interesting and enjoyable than I’d thought possible.”
That year has seen Axiom announce record breaking turnover in addition to being awarded the prestigious ‘Company of the Year’ by the ESTnet (the technology network for Wales) and the ‘Advanced Manufacturer of the Year’ at the Made in Wales Awards 2014.
Commenting on the latest appointments to the internship programme and its success over the last year, Chris Nye, materials director at Axiom Manufacturing Services, said:
“This has been a fantastic year for Laura and Oliver and we are proud to see how much they have developed within our team. They have set the bar high for Tim and Rachel, but our company is dedicated to supporting young people to get a head start in the industry, and I’m certain they will do great things over their next year working with us.”
Axiom’s managing director, David Davies, who is also a board member of Wales’ technology network, ESTnet, said: “We believe that providing opportunities for young people to realise the technology careers paths that in Wales is the best method to attracting and retaining the best industry talent to the region.”
In addition to its internship programme, Axiom’s graduate scheme provides degree level candidates with an individually tailored programme, which is designed to maximise the post-degree learning experience by allowing graduates to rotate through each of Axiom’s business support and manufacturing departments, before selecting their specialist field. The manufacturer also operates highly sought-after apprenticeship programme and as a result of the demand for places, the company is now committed to taking on a minimum of two new apprentices each year.