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HIP Blog: Mira Showers on the importance of apprenticeships

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As events around the country celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2020 we hear from Mira Showers, which not only has a proud history of taking on apprentices but of progressing them through the company.

 

At Mira Showers, we pride ourselves on supporting the future of the industry and are proud of our long history of investing in people. We recognise the importance of future talent and, as a company, we want to invest in those people that will be driving the business, and the industry, forward.

 

Every year we take on up to 10 apprentices from a variety of backgrounds and skills. These apprentices work in product development, finance, engineering, marketing, and a vast array of other areas within the business.

 

Testament to how successful this scheme is; in 1987, a young apprentice joined the business called Wayne Walker. Fast forward to 2019 and Wayne is now the VP of manufacturing globally, literally redefining the way that Mira manufactures products.

 

Mira Showers’ parent company, Kohler Mira, was named Training Provider of the Year Award at the 2019 Gloucestershire Live Apprenticeship Awards

 

Wayne is not an isolated case either. Many of our key business functions within Mira contain a strong thread of past apprentices, with our current Finance Director, Sarah Sadler, also starting her career at Mira as an apprentice.

 

When we look at our current group of apprentices, we can see the projects they are involved with and the value they add to the business. Our ethos is to support and promote this young talent, and we do that by enabling them to have accountability for their work and a genuine impact on what they are working on.

 

This is what we do from an internal perspective, but it is through initiatives such as Headstart that we’re able to take that ethos beyond our gates.

 

Learning resources

 

Having listened to lecturer feedback and to support apprentices and trainees in the best possible way, we have decided to restructure our Headstart initiative for 2020, with the aim of providing more value to more students and more colleges.

 

We are now creating a selection of 35 asset packs, containing a selection of products across different Mira ranges, for colleges to install or use as part of their syllabus.

 

Presentations are also available for lecturers to use within their core studies, helping to convey the key differences between the showering types, the technology involved and the plumbing systems they are suitable for. The asset packs will also be updated with additional digital learning resources throughout 2020.

 

Mira also sponsors the HIP Apprentice of the Year competition, donating products for the entrants to install across the heats, as well as every entrant being gifted a Mira shower to either install or use as part of their studies. This is again another way to offer support to the industry and recognise the talent and hard work of apprentices across the country.

 

Mira continues to develop apprentices internally and externally, providing resources and investment nationwide. To find out more about Mira’s ethos or to enquire about their new asset packs for colleges, visit www.mirashowers.com

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