Minster shortlisted for prestigious apprenticeship award!


l-r Minster Micro - Rheece Dawes Nicole Heaton Susan Marlow Esmée Phillips-Howl and Alex Humphrey (2)

 A Midlands IT and software provider has been shortlisted as a finalist for a prestigious award which recognises its work in developing young people and providing jobs.

Kidderminster-based Minster Micro Computers Ltd is one of two finalists in the Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer of the Year category of the 2016 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards – after impressing judges and business leaders with its commitment to apprenticeships and skills creation.

The awards, led by the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire County Council, were established to recognise exceptional achievement and will see 24 of the county’s best apprentices, employers and training providers compete for 10 awards.

Minster, which employs more than 20 people at its Worcester Road headquarters, is competing against the Droitwich branch of vacuum cleaner giant Vax for the accolade.

Minster director Susan Marlow said: “We are so honoured to have been recognised by making the final two in our category, November’s ceremony can’t come round fast enough. It’s a huge milestone and shows how fast our apprenticeship programme is developing.

“Apprenticeships are hugely important, both to the young people who are able to earn while they learn, and the businesses who invest in the next generation of talent.

“We believe wholeheartedly in developing the skills of our young colleagues and building on their impressive commitment to the business. We have a fantastic group of apprentices who are each contributing every day to our success with innovative ideas, determination and a willingness to make their mark in the business world.”

The awards take place on 17 November at West Midlands Safari Park and will be presented by Tim Campbell MBE, the first candidate taken on by Lord Sugar in the BBC’s hit series, The Apprentice.

In the past 18 months, Minster has taken on four apprentices working in marketing, IT and software engineering, and further apprentices have already been offered placements starting in Autumn this year. The company has more than 35 years’ experience supporting a variety of businesses with their infrastructure and software.

Minster is an accredited SAP Business One Partner and Pegasus business software provider. The firm also supplies payroll software, training and a variety of IT support services – including the 3CX VoIP telephony system.

Previous apprenticeship stories:

Marketing Apprentice Nicole

Engineer Apprentices Alex, Esmee & Rheece


Award Finalists!

Minster are very proud to announce that we are finalists in the 2016 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards, within the Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer of the Year category.

The awards, which are sponsored by Worcester Bosch Group and established to recognise outstanding achievement, will take place on the 17th November at West Midland Safari Park and will be presented by business owner and winner of the first series of BBC’s The Apprentice, Tim Campbell MBE. Apprenticeship Awards

It is expected over 300 people will be attending the ceremony and we are delighted to be showcased at the event for our commitment to apprenticeships.

The other finalist in this category is VAX who are a much larger company which makes this news even more exciting!

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We are honoured to have been nominated and to be named as a finalist is fantastic news for us. We are incredibly proud of our team!

Previous apprenticeship stories:

Marketing Apprentice Nicole

Engineer Apprentices Alex, Esmee & Rheece


Minster Micro Computers team up with Worcester Warriors Rugby Player Ryan Mills

Ryan Mills MinsterMinster are proud to announce that they have signed a sponsorship deal to support Worcestershire Warriors Rugby player, Ryan Mills, over the 2015/2016 season.

As part of our approach to local business initiatives, we have opted to take a fresh look and review how we could support their local community.

A sponsorship first, Minster Director Nick Marlow explained:  “Minster continues to experience positive business growth, which in turn has enabled our team to support many more local and regional community and charitable organisations.

“After much deliberation and looking at a range of local sponsorship opportunities, we decided on Worcester Warriors and Ryan Mills due to the clubs’ business synergy and Ryan’s positive personality both on and off the pitch which is a great example for young players looking to establish themselves in the sport.”

Mills joined Worcester Warriors in the summer of 2014 from Gloucester, proving to be a strong team player and helping the club to regain premiership status. Warriors continue to build, investing in ground refurbishments and are firmly establishing themselves as a successful Aviva Premiership club.

Ryan Mills commented: “We’ve been really pleased with our start to the season and we have been competitive in every game. It’s a fantastic time for Minster to be supporting the Club and I am looking forward to seeing them at our games this season.”

Undergraduate Ryan

Student Secures Work Placement With Minster

A local University student studying Business Information Technology has successfully secured a 12-month placement with Kidderminster-based Minster Micro Computers Ltd. as part of his university degree course.

Joining one of the longest established and well-known IT firms in Worcestershire, 20-year old Ryan will work with and train alongside Minster’s SAP product development and support team over the next year.

Minster Micro Director, Susan Marlow, commented: “It has become more and more apparent that the next generation are being taught how to code and develop, which is fantastic, but they’re not being taught about how to service and support business products that are already on the market.”

“We approached a local University to voice our concerns and to see if they could help. After being impressed with both the undergraduates and the programme we decided to sign up. Our aim now for Ryan is that he gains both commercial knowledge and experience that will complement and add to his existing skill set, and at the same time we gain a fresh, enthusiastic individual who brings to the table fresh ideas and lots of enthusiasm.”

Having completed two years of his degree, Ryan is currently working alongside Minster’s software team having passed his pre-sales product training and examinations with an impressive pass mark; his primary focus now is support.

Software Team Leader Neil Hodgetts added: “This is an exciting time for Minster as we continue to explore new opportunities and build our engineering teams. Over the next 12-months Ryan will work with our engineers whilst earning a salary and extending his knowledgebase, with the guarantee of a full time job working with us at Minster once he graduates.”