In recognition of his hard
work and commitment Matthew Hickman of ECOBAT Battery Technologies has been
awarded a Special Commendation.
Matthew has had to
adapt to challenges and his determination to succeed really stood out in this
started at ECOBAT 10 years ago, when he was 19 and has risen through the ranks
to take on an Assistant Manager role. Stepping into a Manager role for the
first time can be a daunting experience and many face difficulties in moving
from being one of the team to its leader.
Matthew clearly had
all the skills, ability, and determination to excel in his new role but completing
a Team Leader Supervisor Programme with Intec supported his knowledge of
management tool and theories, giving him more confidence.
main skill I have developed is the way I talk to my team, as I now understand
the types of personalities and how to manage them. The apprenticeship has also
given me the confidence to talk in front of the whole team and I am able to
apply what I’ve learnt when trying to resolve an issue. It has improved my
skill set as a manager’ – Matthew Hickman.
His Line Manager,
Steve Davis agrees: ‘I’ve worked with Matt for 10 years now and he is
what I would describe as a people person. He interacts with colleagues at all
levels of the business and is a great communicator; putting people at ease and
getting them to open up and buy into his ideas. He understands the business from
the warehouse up and this makes him great at managing staff and their daily
duties. He is well respected and isn’t
afraid to muck in and this has earnt the respect of those he works with.’
Juggling a full-time role and a
professional qualification is a balancing act in itself, one many managers can
relate to. However, life often throws up challenges we would never expect to
face and adapting to them requires resilience, something Matthew’s Tutor, Lisa
Bessant, has witnessed first-hand: ‘After a house fire, Matthew and his family
had to move out of their home for 6 months and is yet to move back in, despite
this, he has never missed a deadline.’
Matthew’s ability to adapt and
his determination to succeed and overcome challenges deserves to be celebrated
and is the reason why he’s been awarded a Special Commendation.