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Bri-Stor catch up with Higher Apprentice Jessica Thomson to see what's been happening over the last 18 months

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“II have been an employee at Bri-Stor systems for just short of 2 years now and I’m almost at the end of my second year at Derby University studying Mechanical Engineering. Throughout my time at Bri-Stor I have moved through various departments gaining an overall experience of the business as a whole.

My first year here was spent rotating around all production based areas, such as working on the shop floor, on the production lines, electrics, graphics and stores. Working in these sectors has benefitted me in developing my hands on practical skills, understanding the business structure and learning basic electrical skills.

After my first year, I moved into the office working alongside the Groups Health and Safety Officer. Here, we investigated Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome to which we ran vibration tests on all shop floor drills and impactors to make future recommendations to the business decision makers into what we should be buying for the benefit and safety of our employees. I also learnt about the H&S regulations and the “umbrella system” health and safety follow.

My next placement was in the Quality Department where I processed rejected parts to find the root causes and created process flows for the new quality manual.

As the Quality and Lean departments are situated together I often found myself working with the Lean Manufacturing Manager on tasks such as, reducing the timing of electrical loom fits, learning how to complete 5s audits, investigating on-line waste streams, leading right first-time training and monitoring sedentary stock.

For the past 6 months I have been working in the New Product Development department working on various projects with the team. Here I have been taught how to design on Solidworks taking into consideration stresses on the product and manufacturing methods. I am currently designing new products for our current customers.

Throughout my two years here I have completed an accredited Solid Works course, Level 2 in Business Improvements, COSHH training, 5s Training, DFMEA training and Risk Assessor training. This allows me to be a 5S representative for my current work area whilst also being one of the few risk assessors.

Bri-Stor has enabled me to participate in various events, ranging from promotional speeches, to help for Heroes BBQ’s, to entering the Stone Raft race and building a Wide track Caterham 360R which all Apprentices got to take on a local race track day.

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