Why work for Johnston
Wherever your engineering interests and skills lie, Johnston Sweepers has a career for you!
Johnston Sweepers has been launching careers for young people and skilled workers in Dorking for more than 80 years, in an area where jobs in manufacturing and engineering are in short supply.
Today we employ more than 450 staff in a wide range of skills and disciplines, including welding, painting, fitting, laser operation, electrics and electronics, in addition to administration staff and sales, technical and customer service personnel.
We also operate a flourishing Apprenticeship scheme, open to school leavers with an interest in engineering, nurturing local talent and training and supporting them in all aspects of their training through to their BTECH and NVQ qualifications.
As an employer, Johnston is a caring organisation, committed to developing staff to their full potential and caring for the environment in which they work. Our ISO 14001 accreditation ensures the health and safety of our staff and in designing our £11m new factory we took the opportunity to introduce many new processes and equipment to safeguard the safety, comfort and health of our staff even further.
Johnston’s pension scheme is open to all new employees, with generous contributions of up to 7.5% from the company, and we operate a succession planning programme which identifies potential and allows staff to progress and to develop their strengths.
There is also a profit sharing bonus scheme for everyone in the organisation, rewarding team effort towards reaching our financial targets.
We also operate travel plans, provide a sports and social club, safety wear, run a subsidised cycle to work programme, language training, and support and provision for staff wishing to further their qualifications and skills, from NVQs to degrees in Engineering. Childcare vouchers are available and we operate an enhanced maternity policy, including paternity leave.
Johnston takes a keen view of its role in the community and gets involved at many levels. We participate in local schools and colleges’ careers fairs, informing students about opportunities for careers in engineering, and every year sponsor under graduates and trainees in fully paid placements and supporting them throughout their studies.
Women in Engineering
Johnston is keen to encourage women into careers in engineering, and we were recently featured in Semta’s Women in Engineering study looking at the role of women in engineering. Semta is a non-profit organisation led by employers, dedicated to developing engineering and manufacturing skills in the UK, enabling British industries to compete on a global scale. Johnston works with the alliance in recruiting new apprentices and supporting them through their training programme.
The case study focussed on Rebecca Houghton who has joined the company on a four year Apprenticeship in Welding and Fabrication, and Nicole Fisher who is due to complete her apprenticeship in Logistics and Purchasing in 2018. Both are great role models for women in engineering, encouraging other young women to consider the benefits of training for a career in the industry – including the wide variety of engineering disciplines, studying for a recognised qualification, gaining knowledge and confidence – and, of course, getting paid while you train!
With Johnston, there is a wide range of opportunities to further your training and develop your skills. We recently introduced a Master Technician training scheme open to all Technicians throughout our nationwide service network. The programme is targeted at “go-to” Technicians who are considered at a higher level of skill, with the ability to adapt to any situation and location to resolve faults, give effective support to colleagues and enhance the service provided to our customers.
Steve Strange from our South West Service Centre in Bristol is the first to complete the course and achieve Master Technician status, following a comprehensive training programme, including a five day electrical course at the S & B Automotive Academy in Bristol, and Stage 1 Hydraulics training at the NFPC (National Fluid Power Centre), as well as a Sweeper Diagnostics course.