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Newest interns look to build on award-winning year

03 November 2016


Axiom Manufacturing Services is continuing its commitment to developing pathways for young talent to enter the industry, with the appointment of two new undergraduates to its flagship internship programme.

Aimee Lewis, 23, and Joe McQuade, 20, join Axiom for a year in industry placement, which will form part of their University of South Wales degree in Logistics & Supply Chain Management.

By joining the 12-month internship programme at Axiom’s South Wales facility, Aimee and Joe will gain first-hand experience working with the procurement department of a multi-award winning CEM that has achieved sustained growth over the last six years, and announced a record £40 million turnover in 2015.

Speaking of her reasons for choosing Axiom, Aimee Lewis, said: “Between our course leaders and graduates, Axiom is highly recommended on our course as a place to gain experience, and the competition for places is high. From my short time here I can see why, and it is fair to say it has even exceeded my expectations. Everyday truly brings something different and means you are constantly learning.”

Aimee is joined by her University of South Wales classmate, Joe McQuade, who added: “I am looking to build a career in the manufacturing sector, and Axiom feels like the perfect place to start that journey. What has stuck out to me most is the amount of responsibility and freedom the company gives interns to help them develop.”

The pair take the reins from current Axiom interns, Rachel Yip and Tim Johnston, who have contributed to a multi award-winning year for the company. Axiom was named the manufacturer of the year at the Made in Wales Awards, and won the same title at the European-wide Elektra Awards, which recognise excellence in the electronics sector.

Speaking of her year at Axiom, Rachel said: “The time really has flown by. I’ve learnt a lot and have continued developing right up until my last day. I didn’t know what to expect from my first experience in a procurement role, but it has been an exciting year at Axiom, and I’m now much more confident about building a career in the sector.”

Tim added: “I’d like to thank Axiom for an interesting and challenging year. I was able to build my skill-set, make a real difference to the company’s internal processes, and develop a good contacts within the industry. I’m looking forward to seeing where this experience can take me in the future.”

As Rachel and Tim leave to complete the final year of their University degrees, one of the first ever interns on the company’s year in industry programme – Lorna Dodge – is continuing her professional development within Axiom. Having first joined as a procurement intern two years ago, Lorna began a new full time role as a project buyer over the summer.

Commenting on the newest recruits into the long-standing internship programme and its success over the last year, David Davies, managing director at Axiom Manufacturing Services, said: “It has been great to have Rachel and Tim with us over the past 12 months. Not only have they excelled, but they have had the chance to see the business grow and develop with them.

“Supporting young people to get the best possible start in the industry and giving them the chance to thrive are keys for us, and so we look forward to working with Aimee and Joe over the next year.”

In addition to its internship programme, Axiom also runs a graduate scheme for degree level candidates which allows each participant to experience each of the company’s business support and manufacturing departments, before selecting a specialist field. Axiom also a renowned apprenticeship programme, which is committed to takin on a minimum of two new apprentices annually.


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