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Mechan invests in young talent

Since 1991, Investors in People has defined what it takes to lead, support and manage people for sustainable results. Accreditation to the Standard identifies a company as an outstanding employer with a great place to work and a clear commitment to sustainability.

So it’s not surprising that the Sheffield-based depot equipment company Mechan is very pleased to have retained accreditation for a second year. Independent assessors reported that the company has “a strong purpose and mission to be the best in the industry in which it operates.”

Earning praise for its commitment to learning and development, apprenticeships in both factory and office roles were acknowledged by the Investment in People assessor as a key element of Mechan’s succession planning.

Three school-leavers have been added to the team this year. Trainee administrator Sophie Jackson has taken her place in the office while Joshua Price and Billy Hughes,have joined existing assembly apprentice Robert Hoyland in the factory, learning how to manufacture and maintain the firm’s wide range of products.

Not to be left out, the design team has recently welcomed University of Sheffield graduate Matthew Good. Having spent a year with a manufacturer of train weighing systems in Barnsley as part of his degree course, Matthew is now designing bespoke lifting equipment for Mechan’s customers.

Says Mechan chief executive Richard Carr, “We are very pleased to receive such a glowing report from Investors in People and to be demonstrating best practise across the framework. Our new recruits’ enthusiasm, willingness to learn and dedication to the firm has enabled them to integrate seamlessly into the team and clearly impressed our assessor.”

In its summary, Investors in People concluded that it was Mechan’s open and friendly work environment that encouraged people to contribute ideas and take responsibility within their roles. The high standards of work that are reflected in its brand and reputation were also recognised.

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