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Stories from our staff

We believe the best insight into working at Castelan is to hear directly from some of our dedicated, hardworking employees and decide if their journey could be one you are looking for.

Our ground rules:

  • Trust
  • Respect
  • Commitment
  • Accountability
  • Results

Our behaviours:

  • Leading by example
  • Taking the initiative
  • Generating enthusiasm and energy
  • Taking personal responsibility
  • Seeking to add greater value
  • Strengthening relationships
  • Treating customers fairly
Samantha Ticknell
Throughout my secondment I was shown an incredible amount of support from managers all over the business which helped me grow and learn. - Samantha Tincknell

Samantha Tincknell

HR Recruitment and Administrator

When I walked through the doors on the 24th October 2011, I didn’t realise that I was walking into what would be, my career. I started as a Customer Service Administrator Level 1 within the Electrical Claims Team and within a year I had learned all the clients and processes and was successful in securing a secondment as a Team Leader Level 4 which I was delighted with. Throughout my secondment I was shown an incredible amount of support from managers all over the business which helped me grow and learn. To continue my success I was then offered the position permanently.

In November 2016 a position became available within the Human Resources department – it was always an area that I was really interested in and decided to apply for the role. After a successful interview I was beyond excited to become the new HR Recruitment and Administrator within Castelan and joined the team in January 2017. My new line manager was a huge support in the transition, helping me learn and always being available to not only me but the whole business. In September I joined Weston College to study my Level 3 in Human Resources which I will completed in July 2018. Without the continued support from the business and my line manager I would not have found my career and be achieving my qualification!

Francis Rankin
I gradually built up a skill and knowledge of repairs and customer relations and as I grew more confident I tried and was encouraged to try new things. - Francis Rankin

Francis Rankin

Senior Technician

When I started 15 years ago with the company, I was fresh out a 4 year apprenticeship not really fully aware of the job in hand with regards to customer relations and repair techniques, I had solely learned upholstery.

Within my first training session I was made aware of leather, cabinet and fabric cleaning techniques which I learned over a 2 week plan before going out on the road with an Area Manager for 2 weeks to learn even more as the jobs were being completed.

Over the years I was asked if I felt I needed more training and I always said yes. I went on numerous courses in leather, cabinet and spot cleaning provided by Castelan over the coming years. I picked up tips from other Technicians in the field and I listened to what they were saying and relayed this back to my manager. I gradually built up a skill and knowledge of repairs and customer relations and as I grew more confident I tried and was encouraged to try new things. This helped me in the field, and in new opportunities presented to me.

Over the years and voicing certain ideas or issues, for me and other Technicians, my name was becoming more known within the company, and so progression became more available to me. I always maintained a high performance and completion rate throughout my years and had many positive customer interactions and so every time I was passed for re-grade and was promoted higher I kept this going. This meant I was given extra responsibilities to do, whether it be visiting complaint customers, as I could always maintain a great customer relationship, or speaking to a Technician and advising them over a repair method or report issue, this led to a chance of being eligible for new role. Castelan felt that there was need for some Senior Technicians in each area to support the Area Managers, gain progression in the Network, and become coaches and trainers for other Technicians.

I was made aware of the opportunity and applied and was accepted so now I am offering support to all Technicians throughout the company and the Head Office with queries on timings and repair possibilities. I now help manage a team of 10 Technicians and 13 Contractors spread out over the country and have a good, if not great, working relationship with each individual. I have provided client support, presenting in Roadshows for some clients, showing their teams and their customers how to repair leather, wood and even fabric issues.

This is something I feel I am relishing in and this is all due to Castelan encouraging me form the Area Manager to HR, who have known me several years, and seen my journey from a fresh apprentice to a Senior Technician. And I know with the right progression and further training that I am receiving now, it can only get better.

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