Trio of apprentices enjoying bright future at global business

Updated: Feb 7, 2020

THREE new apprentices at Marl International are enjoying interacting with businesses

from all over the world.

Olivia Mawson, 17, Kristian Perry, 18, and Harry Stainton, 29, all started their

apprenticeships at Marl in September.

Already, all three are an integral part of the Ulverston-based business, known for

developing world-first technology solutions.

Harry Stainton, Olivia Mawson and Kristian Perry

Harry, a business and administration apprentice in sales and marketing, has already

been travelling around the UK seeing first-hand how Marl’s technology is behind some

of the country’s leading innovations.

Billions of train passengers using the country’s rail network will see Marl’s technology in

the carriages without realising they are sitting next to UK-designed and manufactured

products known for their outstanding reliability.

Harry went to Cambridge with Marl for the day to visit a business where Marl LED

technology was being included in train technology, for use across the UK rail network.

A former Lancaster University graduate, Harry also visited Goole to see a business

where Marl’s LED technology is being used for horticultural lighting to help crop


“What I love most about the job is that you learn something new every day. There are

so many industries where Marl is the hidden technology behind the innovations,” said

Harry, who is also a leading light on the local fell running scene.

Olivia, who is also a business and administration apprentice in sales and marketing,

deals with Marl’s customers from all over the world.

Because of the different time zones in international trade Olivia arrives at the office

every day to a host of new enquiries from around the world.

Olivia studied maths, biology and psychology at Ulverston Victoria High School for a

year, before deciding that learning and earning in a job role while completing an 18-

month apprenticeship was what she wanted.

“It’s great to have an opportunity like this with a big company on the doorstep. I am

really enjoying it. The people are nice and really help you to settle in,” said Olivia.

Kristian, a business and administration apprentice, joined Marl through a Gen 11

apprenticeship after trying a number of different careers, including dental nurse.

In his role in purchasing and accounts, Kristian, deals with a range of people to ensure

orders, production and financial processes are kept on track.

“It’s the people who make the job so good. Everyone is really helpful and happy to

share their knowledge which helps you understand the whole business,” he said.

Michelle McGuffog, Marl’s Sales & Marketing Coordinator, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer apprenticeships and give people the best possible career opportunities. Olivia, Harry and Kristian have all settled in extremely well and are making a really

important contribution to our business.”