Apprentice of the Year awards for 2015 and 2016

On Friday 28 April 2017 Ryobi’s top apprentices for academic years 2014/15 and 2015/16 have been formally recognised. The Apprentice of the Year awards ceremony was attended by our apprentices, along with their department Managers, Patrick Wallace from NRC and our Senior Management team.

It was a great opportunity to celebrate and to recognise the achievements and commitment of every apprentice and to thank the mentors, supervisors and managers for their continued support of the programme.

Ryobi is grateful for the support it receives from the Department of Employment and Learning and our training provider, Northern Region College, as well as on-going assistance from Invest Northern Ireland to support its business improvement activities.

We place a very high value on the apprentice programme and strongly believe in its potential.  It’s an opportunity and our responsibility to develop a pool of talented people who will be our future skilled technicians, engineers and managers and who will play a significant role in the continued success and growth of the company.  We are proud to have 35 high calibre apprentices at various stages of their apprenticeship, and we believe there are great opportunities for everyone to continue to develop and grow within Ryobi, both during and beyond their apprenticeship.

Our Managing Director David Watson lead the ceremony with an inspirational speech, while the Awards have been presented  by our Deputy Managing Director, Tadashi Takeguchi.

2016 Winners are as follows:

Y4 Peadar Boyd
Y3 Matthew McGoldrick
Y2 Andrew Watson
Y1 Alan Brown

2015 Winners are as follows:
Y4 Ethan McBrien
Y3 Jonathan Orr
Y2 Matthew McGoldrick
Y1 Barry Petticrew






Ulster University Jordanstown – Student Visit

Ulster University Jordanstown – Student Visit

In April a group of students from Ulster University Jordanstown visited Ryobi. The visit was hosted by Graham Coulter, HSE Manager, who gave a presentation about the company, followed by a plant tour, with assistance from Steven Tait, HSE Officer.

The students were particularly interested in finding out about the design process within Ryobi as they are currently studying a module called Design and Industry 2 which aims to show students how manufacturing processes and design are integrated in the commercial world.

Ryobi would be delighted to facilitate similar visits from other educational establishments. Please contact the Human Resources team for further details.

Charity Fundraising through Payroll Giving

Marie Curie Charity Scheme

In March Marie Curie representatives visited Ryobi Aluminium Casting UK Ltd for the Great Daffodil Appeal to raise awareness of the charity scheme and give employees information on how they could help support families across Northern Ireland.

What’s great about Marie Curie Nurses

* Every minute of every day someone is being cared for by a Marie Curie Nurse
* They provide care and support for all terminal illnesses
* They care for almost half of all cancer patients who die at home
* They work across the UK – from the smallest village or town to our biggest cities
* They’re there for patients and carers at what can be the most stressful and exhausting time of their lives

Representatives attended our site over 3 consecutive Thursdays and we are delighted to say that 51 employees have joined the charity scheme which means that a quarter of our staff now support Marie Curie through payroll giving.

Alison Wilson, Regular Giving Manager NI, for Marie Curie said, “A huge thank you to the staff of Ryobi Aluminium Casting for raising a fantastic £14,000 for Marie Curie over 10 years from 2007. This donation has helped many families throughout Northern Ireland.”