Discovering new talent in unusual places excites us here at Bis. We believe that a diverse and inclusive workplace leads to higher performance and a better, more engaging culture within our teams.
At 45 years young, Matthew “Ted” King is a mature-age apprentice that began working at Murrin Murrin in December 2017. He doesn’t fit the typical profile of an apprentice but Ted isn’t your typical bloke. A lover of music and motorcycles, Ted has shown a determination to learn more about the business, proving himself to be a great asset to the team.
Ted was previously working as a Trades Assistant but his passion for mechanics saw him change course and begin his journey to becoming a Trade Qualified Fitter/Mechanic. Ted is grateful to the team around him that made this move possible.
“Tam McAuley and Mike Holliday saw potential in me and for that I am thankful. I have had so many people at Bis help me on my journey and the crew I work with are all great people,” he said.
Recognising that everything has a flow on effect, Ted believes the key to delivering every day is support.
He says, “Whether it’s from my co-workers sharing their knowledge or offering assistance, or from my managers equipping me with the mental and physical tools that allow me to work in a safe and practical environment. That’s how we deliver every day.”
Ted’s dedication and drive will no doubt see him successfully complete his apprenticeship and go on to have an extensive career at Bis.
We currently have nine apprentices at Bis with planning soon to commence on next year’s intake.
Ted’s 10 Questions
1. What was your first impression of Bis?
My first impression of Bis was that they were really well organised. The people are nice and welcoming and easy to get to know.
2. What has surprised you most about working for Bis?
In the time I’ve been at Bis they have carried through with what they have offered. For example they will ask if you’re interested in this or that and if you want to learn about it and they make it happen. They really pay attention to what you’re interested in. I have been with Bis for 3 months now and it only gets better!
3. What do you do when you aren’t working?
When I’m not working I write and record music at my home. I can play a few different instruments and I have a small recording suite in my spare room. I also like to play golf and spend time with my parents and friends.
4. When have you been most satisfied in your life?
I’ve been lucky. I ran my own business for seven years as a motorcycle instructor and I really enjoyed that. You wonder if you’ll find that good place again and when you do it’s that ‘eureka!’ moment. I feel like I am in a good place with Bis.
5. Who is your role model, and why?
There have been a couple. As a kid I looked up to Sir Douglas Bader, who is a pretty amazing human. He lost both of his legs in a flying accident pre-war, enlisted in World War Two as a pilot and went on to achieve high ranks.
The other is my Father. He gave me fantastic core values and education but more than that he is my best friend. There’s so much to thank him for.
6. What are the personal goals you most want to accomplish?
I always strive to be good at whatever it is that I do. With this opportunity at Bis I want to keep moving. I would love to be that go-to guy that anyone can come to and I’m able to help them find the answers.
7. What is your favourite thing about your typical day?
Working with such a diverse range of people. There are a lot of good senses of humour and great wells of knowledge. I look forward to working with the people at Bis and learning so much every day.
8. If you weren’t working in your current career, what would you be doing instead?
I would probably be doing what I was doing before. So working in the motorcycle industry or some form of teaching. I really enjoy teaching.
9. What would you say most motivates you?
Learning something new every day that you can apply and get a result out of it. That motivates me.
10. What are you most excited or passionate about?
To be honest I am most excited about the future. I am getting a bit older and I have the opportunity that I have at the moment, doing things I thought I would never do. There are so many possibilities.