The race is on for three Camloc employees taking part in a 52-mile ultra-marathon!

For some people, the standard 26-mile marathon would be more than enough of a challenge. But for three of our employees, that number isn’t quite hitting the mark!

Race To The Tower is a 52-mile ultra-marathon along the Cotswold Way starting near Stroud in Gloucestershire and finishing at Broadway Tower in Worcestershire – taking place on the 9th and 10th June 2018.

Northern Area Sales Engineer, Michael Cook was the first, out of the team, to sign up for the event and encouraged his colleagues to endure the race with him – “I was excited by the challenge for my personal achievement as it is nowhere near anything I have ever done before, ” says Michael.

“It is great to complete the race as a team and I am confident that we will all support each other through it!” he adds.

Joining Michael in the 52 miles across two days is former Camloc employee Tracy Ayres. However, going the extra mile, are Camloc Directors Matt Warne and Julie Barker – who are completing the full 52 miles non-stop, in a single 13-hour stint.

Matt and Julie are both revved up for the event, and keen to raise as much money as possible – “Both myself and Julie are extremely competitive and lack the ability to say ‘no’ to a challenge – hence why we are putting ourselves through 52 miles in 13-hours!,” explains Matt.

“I imagine it will feel like the longest 13 hours of our lives – but it is for two fantastic causes, so I am sure there will be enough motivation for us to keep going!”.

The chosen charities are LOROS Hospice and Georgie’s Gift. LOROS provides free, high-quality, compassionate care and support to terminally ill adult patients, their families and carers – while Georgie’s raises awareness of the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia.

“This event is allegedly one of the toughest ultra-marathons you can do, so we really feel it is a challenge worthy of people’s donations. Our chosen charities are two very worthy causes and it would be amazing to make a significant donation to both of them,” says Julie.

“I can speak for all of us when I say that any donations made will be very much appreciated and we thank everyone in advance for any contributions made – no matter how big or small.” adds Julie.

From all of us at Camloc, we wish the guys the very best of luck and we will provide an update on how they get on after the event! To make a donation in support, please follow the link here> https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/camloc-ultra

For more information about LOROS and Georgie’s Gift, please visit https://www.loros.co.uk/ and http://georgiesgift.org/.

We’re excited to continue our partnership with Leicester College in 2018 as part of its ‘Industrial Cadets’ programme

Following a successful partnership in 2017, we have recently agreed to once again nurture future industry talent through our exciting work supporting Leicester College’s Industrial Cadets scheme.

The programme offers experience to young people taking part in the nationally-recognised programme which forms part of the Prince’s Trust’s Engineering Education Trust – set up by the Prince of Wales. It allows students nationwide to benefit from work experience across the in-demand skill areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Through the trust, cohorts of young people are able to gain valuable experience with the aim of equipping “all Prince’s Trust young people with the STEM skills needed for employment”.

A group of 35 engineering students worked with us for one week in 2017, learning directly from company directors Andy Hubbard and Matt Warne about our specialist products and how they are manufactured. They were required to complete a 30 hour project as part of the programme – spending the first and last day of the week on-site with us – benefiting from a tour of the premises and carrying out a Q&A session with Andy and Matt.

At the end of the week, the students then pitched their product designs to a panel which included Camloc directors and teachers from Leicester College. The best group at the end of the pitch process was then chosen to work up their brief further.

Following the success of last year’s programme, both ourselves and Leicester College have renewed our working relationship in order to offer this innovative opportunity to another cohort in the spring of 2018.

“We put a high value on the time taken by the team at Camloc accommodating and educating our cadets,” said Gemma Jackson, Employability and Enterprise Manager at Leicester College.

“Our students cannot gain this sort of experience in the classroom – it is only by going out into the world of work and learning first-hand from industry professionals that they can truly appreciate the processes and procedures in place for successful manufacture of such intricately engineered products.” added Gemma.

For Camloc, being able to offer insights to the next generation is an exciting opportunity, and one that company Director Andy Hubbard is looking forward to – “Last year’s cohort showed immense potential and a keen enthusiasm for engineering and our products,”.

“We look forward to welcoming this year’s group to Camloc in the coming weeks.” added Andy.

Students that take part in the Industrial Cadets programme are ‘silver accredited’ upon completion and will be able to add the nationally-recognised accreditation to their CVs and portfolios.

To find out more about the range of products we manufacture, visit www.camloc.com.

Team Leader Jason Ascott, celebrates a quarter of a century with Camloc!

A lot can change in 25 years, but one thing that’s remained consistent at Camloc over the previous quarter of a century is the presence of our experienced Team Leader, Jason Ascott.

Jason started his career working as an apprentice mechanical fitter in 1986, building a wide range of machine tools and transfer lines. Due to his love for problem solving, after his apprenticeship he went on to build industrial robots.

He took a keen interest in Camloc after hearing about a vacancy at the company in 1993 – and has worked for the company ever since. We recently put some questions to one of our longest serving team members to see how his role within the company has changed and what he’s enjoyed about working for Camloc over the last quarter of a century.

 

What has changed since you first started at Camloc, 25 years ago?

My role, and what is required in order to ensure we meet demand, has changed within the company – but the company itself hasn’t changed too much. Yes, people have come and gone and technology has advanced but everybody is recognised as an expert in what they do and treated as an equal – regardless of their role. The reason why people stay at Camloc for so long is because of the great people that work here.

What have you been involved in over the last 25 years?

When I first started at Camloc I was involved in running the machine that injects the gas into the springs. My next role was working as a Maintenance Technician – this role allowed me to go back to college and gain several new qualifications – including a BTEC in engineering. In my first year in this role, I went to America for three weeks in order to smooth out a few inevitable problems for a customer. However, 22 years ago my role was no longer needed and I became Team Leader on shift work at Camloc grinding rods. Now I look after all processes on the shop floor.

What do you enjoy most about working at Camloc?

I really enjoy solving a problem and getting my hands dirty. I’m in charge of all aspects of running the shop floor, so I enjoy the responsibility that comes with my role. I also enjoy working alongside my colleagues – most people have been here for a long time so we’ve developed a great working relationship. For example, Ben Taylor, recently hit 15 years with Camloc, while Carl Payne and Gary Keavney have both been at the company for a decade! Camloc employees are happy and dedicated within their role – which is usually why we stick around for so long!

We would like to extend a big thank you and congratulations to Jason for his 25 years service, and to Ben, Carl and Gary for your 15 and 10 years respectively. That’s a combined 55 years of hard work – and we look forward to another combined 55 years service!