Meet the Team: Andy Yates, Production Operator
In our first ‘Meet the Team’ blog, we’re introducing Andy Yates, who recently celebrated his 25th anniversary working at Cottam…
Can you describe your role…
When I first started at Cottam I was just helping out with cleaning and sweeping up. As the years went on I’ve progressed, and I now help with shot blasting, gluing and dipping. My main role though is picking and packing our Amazon orders – and that’s why my colleagues now call me “Amazon Andy!”
What do you like about working here?
It’s the people. If you work with a good team, that’s what makes you want to come to work every day.
Also the chance to improve my skills. I completed training to use the forklift and I knew that management were proud of me for doing that.
What’s your favourite Cottam memory?
The Christmas parties! But also, I was given the opportunity to go to the McLaren factory when they were launching some paint brushes we had created for them. I was proud to go and represent the company. We met some amazing people and were given a tour of the factory; then at the end we were given a gift box which included a photo of the Cottam team in the McLaren factory, as well as one of the brushes we’d made.
What would be your dream job if you didn’t work at Cottam?
When I was little, I used to play with toy soldiers and I always wanted to be in the army.
What do you like doing in your spare time?
I like going to football matches. I’m a big Sunderland fan. As a reward for my 25 years with the company they bought me a season ticket for next season – I can’t wait to go and support them.
What’s your greatest achievement?
My children and my grandchildren. I have four brilliant daughters and seven grandchildren and they are my world.
What’s your favourite place to visit?
My favourite place I’ve ever travelled was Egypt. It was a new experience for me, as the only other place I’ve been abroad is France. It was really sunny and the people were really friendly, they treat you very well.
If you had a super power, which one would it be?
I would like to be super speedy so I could get all my jobs done quicker!