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Graduate trainee wins in Top 100

  Thursday, 02 January 2020 11:09
Stephen Cloute, Young Pioneer winner with his Top 100 Award trophy. Stephen Cloute, Young Pioneer winner with his Top 100 Award trophy.

Focus SB quality technician graduate trainee Stephen Cloute is over the moon to be awarded Young Pioneer by The Manufacturer’s Top 100 2019.

The Top 100 project is run by The Manufacturer magazine, in partnership with Cranfield University, one of the country’s top centres of business education, and publicly recognises the most dynamic leaders and innovators in manufacturing. Its goal is to change popular perceptions of careers in manufacturing and draw young people into the sector.

Stephen Cloute was nominated for the award by his line manager Mick Hindle, Focus SB’s quality control and health and safety manager, for adopting his role as quality and health and safety assistant within the company with consistent enthusiasm and dedication. Part of his training was to spend time in certain departments and write reports on where the company could improve.
Mick Hindle comments: “Stephen has provided valuable input to the workplace, his findings positively impacting operations and decision making. His work has contributed to Focus SB’s successful accreditation to ISO 9001:2015 as the company strives to improve processes and systems in its continual drive to ensure quality is an integral part of individual processes; resulting in products and customer service worthy of the Focus SB brand.
“The decision to expand the quality control department was made as an integral part of Focus SB’s rapid expansion programme. Growth in the company’s output, reflecting a considerable increase in supply and demand for large scale global projects, deemed it necessary to grow the team, followed by substantial investment in new digital manufacturing technology. Stephen has more than earned his place as a key member of the team, helping Focus SB go from strength to strength.”
Hindle continues: “Stephen is a testament of how Focus SB’s graduate training programme can take someone with no prior manufacturing knowledge, and yet with the right training and mentoring, has given Focus SB an extremely valuable addition to the Quality Team. We are extremely proud at how far Stephen has come in such a short time, and he sets the bar very high for future graduate trainees.”
Stephen says: "I joined the engineering field after coming out of university with a Bachelor's Degree in Contemporary Fine Art, which allowed me to complete Focus SB's graduate training programme. My greatest achievement so far is the speed with which I've picked up processes, learning manufacturing and working techniques around the business, getting to know them inside and out to find ways of improvement to benefit us and improve our products' quality."

Nick Peters, editorial director of The Manufacturer and of The Manufacturer Top 100 report says: “The truth is we do make things - we are the world’s ninth largest manufacturing nation - and careers are very well paid. But there are too few skilled young people coming through the system. It is on behalf of that new generation that we do this.

“We want to break down the decades-old prejudice against manufacturing. We want parents to get excited about recommending a career in manufacturing to their offspring, not see it (so erroneously) as an occupation of last resort. We must not let the prejudices of yesterday poison the opportunities of tomorrow.”

Read more at The Manufacturer, inspiring and celebrating British manufacturing talent.

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