epm: technology group in the words of our employees

Each and every staff member at epm: technology group has contributed in some way to the success we have achieved over the past two decades. In our 20th anniversary year, it is especially important to recognise their dedication and commitment.

We asked a number of our longest-serving employees to share their most prominent memories of working here, including their favourite projects and predictions for the future.

The featured image is a team photo from the early 2000s. We’ve come a long way!

In their words, here is our story.

On their first day

“I remember my first day at epm: technology group. I was really nervous but I got placed with one of the lead laminators, Everton Reid, who still works here today. He took me under his wing and I learnt a lot during that period of time that has served me well throughout my career.”

David – Laminating Manager (year joined, 1996)

“I was really anxious about how epm would change things for me. It felt like a big step to enter the world of work, and everything seemed really complicated at first. Luckily, I kept going and i’m coming up to celebrating twenty years with the company soon. It wasn’t as scary as it seemed.”

Gavin – Laminator (year joined, 1996)

On their most challenging project

“The most challenging project I have been involved in by far is the clock hands for China. They were one of the biggest structural components we’ve ever produced.”

David – Fitter (year joined, 2000)

“It might surprise you to know that it was actually making the move into our newest factory. It was such a big change from the last facility, and it took a lot of time and organisation to transfer the expensive machinery from one place to another. It was also a challenge to remember where everything was in the new building which meant that we didn’t get properly up and running for a good few weeks. I’ve only just got the hang of everything!”

David – Laminating Manager (year joined, 1996)

On the most important thing they’ve learnt at epm

“The most important thing I’ve learnt at epm is that, in order to meet a deadline, you have to work hard and do things correctly. If you don’t put the effort in, you won’t get results. It’s as simple as that.”

Paul – Deputy Fitting Manager (year joined, 2007)

“I’ve learnt to think correctly under pressure. That’s definitely a good skill to have in my role, as I can often be juggling a variety of different tasks at the same time. Getting stressed helps no one, and it certainly doesn’t get things done.”

Maggie – Purchasing/HR Manager (year joined, 2003)

On the biggest difference they’ve seen at epm

“The biggest difference I’ve seen at epm since I started working here is our current facility. It’s such an inspiring environment and it’s a fantastic place to work.” 

Gavin – Laminator (year joined, 1996)

“As the company has grown, the level of skill needed to work on some of the more complex projects we undertake now has definitely increased. I’ve had to work hard to keep up with the level of knowledge that is required in my role. If you’re not on the ball, you won’t last long here because there’s so much talent waiting to get a chance in the industry.” 

Andy – Laminator (year joined, 1997)

On the ways in which epm support the next generation of engineers and manufacturers

“I think the great thing about epm as an employer is that we give young people the best opportunities possible to succeed. Whether those opportunities are taken or not is up to the individual. I like to think we place quite a lot of importance in on-the-job training, too. You can’t learn everything in a classroom, and placing the young guys with more experienced members of staff like myself allows them to learn the do’s and don’ts early on.”

David – Fitter (year joined, 2000)

“Recently we’ve opened the epm academy, which has produced some really bright young engineers so far. I’ve been impressed by the maturity and work ethic of the students — Derby College has worked with us to create a fantastic opportunity for them.” 

Andy – Laminator (year joined, 1997)

On the advice they would give to new starters

“I would tell any new starter to listen to more experienced staff members, ask questions and never assume there is nothing left to learn. There will be people you encounter along the way that don’t do things correctly, and it’s up to you to take both the good and bad from your colleagues and senior staff members and use it to better yourself for the future.”

Gavin – Laminator (year joined, 1996)

“My advice would be to have a positive, can-do attitude. Negativity doesn’t help anyone, and negative employees don’t last long here. This industry can be difficult and fast-paced. Tight deadlines can see people working incredibly long days and spending a lot of time away from home, but everyone is in the same boat and we are like a big family. A large portion of our lives are spent at work, so you might as well enjoy it.”

Maggie – Purchasing/HR Manager (year joined, 2003)

On their fondest memory at epm

“Definitely the friends i’ve made here. I’m really lucky to work with such a great team and we’ve definitely made a few memories over the years. Whether I can remember them or not is another story! We work really hard here but a job is nothing without the people around you.”

David – Fitter (year joined, 2000)

“My fondest memory of working at epm is seeing young people joining the company, working hard and achieving their goals. I’ve seen some people grow up here and really make something of themselves.”

Maggie – Purchasing/HR Manager (year joined, 2003)

“So much has happened but i’d have to say winning the first annual Christmas jumper competition. Nothing else comes close.”

Gavin – Laminator (year joined, 1996)

On the future of epm

“I think we will have several sites across the country and maybe some in Europe or America.”

Maggie – Purchasing/HR Manager (year joined, 2003)

“I’d like to see us working on more complex aircraft parts and even branch out into the space sector. There’s a lot of opportunities there for businesses like epm.”

David – Fitter (year joined, 2000)

“In another 20 years time I think epm: technology group will be the number one composites company in the UK.”

Andy – Laminator (year joined, 1997)