Young Lincoln engineer switches jobs with CEO as part of National Apprenticeship Week

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Group CEO of Lincoln-based e2v Steve Blair switched jobs for a day with a second year apprentice as part of the technology firm’s activities for National Apprenticeship Week.

Josh Limbachia spent the first half of the day acting as group CEO, participating in a variety of business meetings – from a divisional performance review through to an update on the company’s talent development schemes.

For the remaining half of the day, Josh gave Steve an insight into life as an apprentice engineer in the company’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 it’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.”