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7 March 2017

e2v apprentice trades places with Group CEO

An apprentice at e2v traded places with the Group CEO (Chief Executive Officer) for the morning, gaining first-hand experience of what life is like at the helm of the global engineering and manufacturing Company. The job swap was organised as part of e2vâ€s activity for National Apprenticeship Week, which celebrates the value that apprenticeships bring to businesses and how they enable apprentices to acquire valuable on-the-job skills and knowledge.

Josh Limbachia, second year apprentice at e2v, spent the first half of the day acting as Group CEO. As part of the job swap, Josh participated in a variety of business meetings – from a divisional performance review through to an update on the Companyâ€s talent development schemes. For the remaining half of the day, Josh gave Steve Blair, Group CEO at e2v, an insight into life as an apprentice engineer in the Companyâ€s RF Power division. In a complete role reversal, Josh taught Steve how to perform the intricate work required to construct magnetrons used in marine applications, which have been manufactured in Chelmsford for almost 70 years.

Josh said, “The job swap was a fantastic opportunity for me to see what itâ€s like to run an organisation. My eyes have been opened to a whole new world, and I now appreciate just how much is involved in being a Group CEO – you need a really strong work ethic because the pace is relentless!

“I learned a lot from the time that I spent with Steve, particularly in relation to the way that he communicates with people in order to get the best out of them, and how he ensures that meetings are productive and effective. I will definitely make a conscious effort to use these skills in my own work, and I hope that some day I will be able to apply this knowledge in a management role of my own.”

Steve said, “It was great to step back and observe Josh taking control and growing in confidence throughout his morning as Group CEO. I also really enjoyed spending time getting ‘hands on†and learning how to build magnetrons, and I can now fully appreciate just how much skill and patience is needed to put our products together! Our apprenticeship schemes are an integral part of how we bring talent into the business to support our growth plans, and this experience really reinforced the value they add to what we do and how we do it.”

Josh is part of a team of nine apprentices at e2v taking part in a national search to find the Apprentice Team of the Year. The Brathay Apprenticeship Challenge encourages groups of apprentices to take on work-related challenges to develop new skills by engaging in voluntary support activities for local communities, whilst also promoting the benefits of apprenticeships. Josh and Steveâ€s job swap will generate Brathay ‘points†for the 2017 e2v team and help them in their bid to be recognised as the Apprentice Team of the Year.

e2v has been offering apprenticeships for 60 years and was recently named in the prestigious Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list 2016, which acknowledges excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.

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Notes to Editors:
Bringing life to technology, e2v partners with its customers to improve, save and protect peopleâ€s lives. e2vâ€s innovations lead developments in healthcare, life sciences, space, transportation, defence and security and industrial markets.

e2v offers technician, engineering and finance apprenticeship schemes and works closely with local colleges and universities to deliver BTEC (Business and Technology Council), HNC (Higher National Certificate) and degree level apprenticeships.

e2v employs approximately 1750 people worldwide, has design and operational facilities across Europe, North America and Asia, and has a global network of sales and technical support offices. e2v has annual sales of GB236M as at 31 March 2016 and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information