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Where are they now?

Hear from our previous apprentices about where they are now and how the apprenticeship scheme helped


Chris Rymer - Head of Inkjet and Manufacturing

Craft Apprentice (1997-2001)

"When I left sixth form, I had a few opportunities for different apprenticeships at difference companies. On paper, the Ricoh apprenticeship did not look the most exciting: ‘Ricoh, what do they do?’ – a quick search showed photocopiers! I attended a site tour expecting not a lot. However, how wrong was I?! There was so much going on, so many different operations, so many different engineering disciplines, it looked like multiple apprenticeships in one. But the thing that really tipped the balance was the people and the manner in which they communicated. I was lucky enough to be accepted and that was over 20 years ago now. Throughout my time at Ricoh I have continuously developed.
The opportunities for new learnings are around every corner and that, coupled with the people and ways of working, makes this a fantastic place to work. Ricoh has helped my career develop by empowering me to be involved in so many aspects of business and engineering but, not only that, they also encourage me to maintain a good work-life balance. I work hard and I always have, but I know the company and people are there with me and you can not put a price on support and balance."

Mark Dickin

Mark Dickin - Additive Manufacturing & Moulding Engineering Manager

Technical Apprentice (1999-2003)

“Ricoh has given me the opportunity to develop personally through a programme of education developing skills at every level of my engineering career. This investment in my personal development has enabled me to progress through the ranks to lead a team in an advanced manufacturing environment. Knowing how important the apprenticeship programme is, I take the role of mentoring apprentices in my area as a privilege”

Richard Aston

Richard Aston - Digital Operations Engineering Manager

Technical Apprentice (1994-1998)

“Having worked at RPL for over 25 years, I can say that the apprenticeship programme was instrumental in developing the skills I needed that ultimately shaped and guided me into the role I hold today. From a junior engineer to a more engineering specialist role, I was always encouraged and supported to innovate which, over the years, has been key to contributing to both personal and company success.”

Jonathan Jobburns

Jonathan Jobburns - Business Development & Business Planning Manager

Commercial Apprentice (2011-2013)

"Without the Ricoh apprenticeship, I can honestly say I would not be where I am today. Having joined as a Commercial Apprentice, I have progressed through the organisation thanks to Ricoh’s strong blend of mentoring, professional and vocational qualifications and the opportunity to actively contribute to the business. The Ricoh apprenticeship provided me with real responsibility early on, enabling me to gain invaluable experience and confidence. My apprenticeship included studying for professional qualifications which means I now possess a 1st class Business Management Degree and a Distinction MBA qualification. Ricoh has a long history of former apprentices going on to take senior positions within the organisation, and since finishing my apprenticeship in 2013, I am now the Senior Specialist in our Business Development and Planning department. If you get the opportunity to join Ricoh as an apprentice, grab it with both hands and don’t let go!"

Becky Jones

Becky Jones - Senior HR Officer

Commercial Apprentice (1998-2000)

"At the age of 17, choosing what path to take post A-Levels was extremely daunting.  I knew that I didn't want to go to university, but also knew that I wanted to keep learning whilst keeping my options open. I was advised at a college to consider an apprenticeship but, to me, they were for electricians and mechanics. That wasn’t me, I liked business and people. Skip forward six months and I was fortunate to secure a Commercial apprenticeship with Ricoh. The apprenticeship programme provided an important foundation to my career by enabling me to develop an understanding of all aspects of the business and therefore make an informed career choice.  The wider business knowledge I gained through my apprenticeship has been invaluable to me as a HR professional, so 23 years on (and counting!) I’m still here and this is because of the people, innovation and passion for excellence. I am still learning and growing in my career every day."

Andrew Benning

Andrew Benning - Health & Safety Assistant Manager

Commercial Apprentice (2004-2006)

"My apprenticeship gave me a broad understanding of what makes the business tick. Being fresh from my A-Levels I didn’t have a clue what half the departments did. Along the way I’ve learnt a lot, met some great people and developed key partnerships, colleagues and friends. I’ve been here over 16 years now and my Health & Safety role requires me to go literally everywhere on our sites. It’s great to have developed such strong relationships with people from all work areas, which is invaluable to the work I do. My Commercial apprenticeship has made this possible."

Ashley James

Ashley James - Senior Engineer

Technical Apprentice (2004-2008)

"I started at RPL as a Technical Apprentice. After 8 years of college and university I made my way up the engineering ladder to a Senior Engineer position with a team of my own, introducing new products and developing automation equipment. Joining the apprenticeship scheme was the best decision I could have made. Ricoh has trained, educated and developed me into the engineer I am today."

Richard McGovern

Richard McGovern - PMO & Transformation Lead

Commercial Apprentice (2010-2012)

"I started my career at Ricoh in 2010, wanting to pursue a career in Business Management. The Commercial apprenticeship gave me an opportunity to learn all about different commercial functions within a business, whilst at the same time, whilst developing my skills through both academic and on-the-job learning. Since completing my apprenticeship, the company have been incredibly supportive of my continued development, both professionally and academically. I can confidently say I would not have achieved what I have to date without going through my apprenticeship experience. It’s great to have the opportunity to work for an organisation that cares so much about their People Talent."

Molly Ward

Molly Ward - Business Analyst

Commercial Apprentice (2014-2017)

"I started my career at Ricoh as a commercial apprentice in 2014. I worked in different departments including HR, IT, Finance, Business Development and Purchasing. I enjoyed my Finance placement which is where I finished the final year of my apprenticeship. I then applied for a role within the department and I am now Business Analyst. During my apprenticeship, I also completed a HNC in Business Studies and have since completed my CIMA qualification. I recommend the apprenticeship programme as it allows you to gain important key skills, whilst working within the different commercial departments at Ricoh."

Paris Newman

Paris Newman - Business Development Coordinator

Business Development Apprentice (2018-2020)

“I completed my Business Development Degree apprenticeship in August 2020 and started a new role as a Business Development Coordinator. My current development plan includes Chartered Manager Degree studies at Aston University to support my new role. The apprenticeship programme helped me to develop my knowledge and skills, allowing me to keep progressing. The apprenticeship programme has been vital in enabling me to start building my career so early on. I look forward to the other exciting opportunities that Ricoh has to offer.”