Apprentice Success for Mercia

Bondholder Mercia Image has taken on its fourth apprentice as part of its commitment to bring youth into the print industry. 

Keiran Bass, who joined the Mercia Production team in November 2015, has just been offered a full time position as Print Finishing Assistant, after successfully completing his Performing Manufacturing Operations Apprenticeship with fellow Bondholder Derby College

Daniel Kinnerley, Print Finishing Manager, said “Kieran has done really well during his apprenticeship, learning different aspects of the business and the skills it takes to run several different print finishing machines. Kieran has quickly become a very valuable member of the team, having shown a great work ethic to achieve his goal and become a full time member of the Print Finishing Team.” 

Kieran is the first Production apprentice to come through the ranks and gain a full time job in Mercia’s Production Department. 

David Clarke, Derby College’s Engineering Assessor, said “The course is made up of 6 units selected by Kieran and myself, meaning that Kieran is able to choose the units which will benefit him in his chosen career. He has to be observed on 3 occasions which he’s done excellently every time, showing his willingness to learn and the skills he has gained.”