Student Testimonials

Testimonials from Past Students



To say my marketing placement at E.P. Barrus Ltd has been beneficial would be an understatement. Working with each division in the company has given me such an important insight into working life. As a student you don’t really appreciate what it takes to fully function in a working environment until you do it and that’s where I have learned so much. My role in the marketing department at Barrus has been hugely varied. Social media, Blogs and PR are some of the aspects of marketing that I have come to grips with over the last year. What’s great about the marketing placement at Barrus is that you are always doing something different. As well as attending trade shows all over the country and PR meetings, I was given the flexibility to work on what interested me, which really allowed me to expand my knowledge of the company’s products and services.

Being my first time in a full time office environment, I was very nervous before joining the company! It took some time to settle into the company but it was made so much easier with the team that I was lucky enough to work with in the marketing department. Everyone here has been incredibly supportive and at the same time given me a great amount of responsibility in my own role. I couldn’t recommend Barrus anymore to those who are unsure or looking for placements. I have made some incredible friends and I will be sad to leave!” 

Jack Thomson - Marketing Placement Student 2014/2015

"My year at E.P. Barrus was widely varied and gave me an amazing insight into working life. Over the course of my time there I worked with all of the departments on different projects, including launching and managing social media campaigns for many of the different brands Barrus handles.  Working in the Marketing team was exciting, as there was opportunity for travel.  In my time at Barrus I visited a number of trade shows and exhibitions, where I spent my time from helping to sell tools at a Garden show to riding in a speedboat at a Boat show! Working at Barrus helped me fine tune the Marketing topics I had learnt at University, and using these skills in a real work environment was exhilarating. 

As the first Marketing Placement student at E.P. Barrus, I was nervous to live up to the standards of the rest of the office. As my first time working in an office environment it challenged me at first, but the marketing team were so supportive that I soon found myself able to work comfortably and proficiently, with an amazing friendship circle there to guide me.   

I thoroughly enjoyed my placement year at Barrus, as I was able to contribute to and learn from experienced professionals in a major business environment.  I learnt so much from my year, and these skills helped me immensely once I went back to University, with my grades improving, and having real life experiences to use in my work. It was also instrumental in helping me find my job after Uni. I would definitely recommend E.P. Barrus to anyone searching for a Marketing placement, it was a fantastic and memorable year."

Maddy Burns - Marketing Placement Student, 2011/2012

"My placement at E.P Barrus covered a number of marketing disciplines including: Literature production, PR, Market Research, Social Media, as well as the opportunity to work on a number of projects.  The placement is excellent experience for anyone studying Marketing or any Business Management related degree, as the placement offers practical, in house exposure to a real working environment.

I learnt a lot about myself and gained a lot of understanding about decision making, developing my own skills that I did not realise I had at the time and the opportunity to learn about roles within the company, which helped give me an idea of the opportunities and roles most suited to me once I graduate. The company has a wide portfolio of brands, which interested me a lot as I gained an understanding for a diverse range of products and the different markets, which I had no previous knowledge of. I used a lot of my experience gained at E.P Barrus to assist me with my final year studies. The transformation from before doing a placement to now is remarkable.

Academically, I am performing extremely well and I have E.P Barrus to thank for this.  My time at E.P Barrus went very quickly. However, I will take away a lot from my experience and am glad that I did a placement here. I would definitely recommend doing a placement for those of you who are unsure and I would definitely recommend E.P Barrus as somewhere to do it." 

Lee Quirke - Marketing Placement Student, 2012/2013

"Doing a one year work placement at Barrus helped me develop the necessary skills I need to becoming a successful engineer. Being able to see the whole process of modifying the engines from start to finish enabled me to see Barrus from all aspects when at most companies you only see one.  

From designing components using the latest CAD software to working on and testing the engines to communicating with customers and suppliers, I learnt how important teamwork and being able to foresee any future problems that may arise is. Working with the MOD and emergency services was truly a great experience and one that I shall never forget.”

Jamie McNichol - R and D Student, 2014

"My placement at Barrus gave me an insight into the workings of an engineering company with a focus on innovation, high quality products and customer satisfaction. It gave me experience in all aspects of product design, development and customer relations which helped me develop the skills I use regularly to this day."

David Etherington-Smith - R&D Student 2005 and currently Senior Technical Sales Support at   E P Barrus

"From doing a one year placement working in Research and Development at E.P. Barrus, it showed me what it’s like to work in a professional environment and how to be part of a team.

Another benefit was learning many skills that are essential for building a successful career. Such as managing several projects at once, with a flexible approach and reacting quickly to sudden changes in situations. From seeing a part which I’d designed on screen to seeing it for real on an engine, is a unique reward you get from working at E.P. Barrus."

Nico Buck - R&D Student, 2014

"My year at E. P. Barrus Ltd has been a fantastic journey, where I have gained many invaluable experiences and have met some amazing, dedicated people. 

My role as Marketing Placement Student at Barrus was a widely varied one; being a member of the Marketing Department I was able to interact and work with all the divisions across the board. Every week varied from the last; from managing our brands social media pages to carrying out competitor analysis to help Barrus be the best in the business. Not all of my time was spent at a desk, from traveling to Southampton for the Boat Show to Derby for PR meetings; as well as visiting some of our dealers to identify what their needs are and act accordingly. 

I was also given the opportunity to assist with both trade and consumer show preparations, where Barrus showcases their products and builds customer relationships. It was exciting to see something materialise out of careful planning and preparation. I enjoyed going to see the shows in all their glory too.

Adjusting to life as a Barrus full time employee took a little while to get used to, but having a great team around me really helped me settle in. I would strongly recommend Barrus for any students looking to do a placement year, it has not only given me a taste of what Marketing really is but has also helped me to develop into the person I am today."

Anna Shannon - Marketing Placement Student, 2013/2014

"The undergraduate placement scheme offered to me by EP Barrus provided a good grounding in the application of engineering knowledge in both product development and low volume production environments. The degree course I was on covered a lot of theoretical and analytical topics, but there was little by way of practical ‘hand-on’ engineering work.

The 12 month placement at Barrus covered this gap, along with a host of other skills such as liaising with customers, suppliers and colleagues on a range of business and technical issues and design of components for manufacture. I believe this combination of technical knowledge and practical experience played a big part in me being offered a permanent role with the company following my graduation, which in turn has led me into a series of interesting and varied projects within the marine engine and off-highway industrial engine markets."

Dan Walton - R&D Student, 2005 and currently Application and Technical Supoort Engineer in the Industrial Division at E P Barrus

"Hello my name is James, I started my apprenticeship in September 2006.  By March 2007 I had completed my level two in engineering and I began looking for relevant work. I had been to a couple of interviews at other companies, but I didn’t take the offers because I didn’t think I would enjoy the type of work they were offering. I came to a two day, working interview at Barrus and I immediately had a good feeling about the place. There was a friendly and almost family like atmosphere, the work was varied and interesting. When I was offered the job, I immediately accepted.

Barrus supported me throughout my advanced apprenticeship and BTEC qualifications by allowing me to work one day a week at college. The work I was doing on the Ministry of Defence Repair Bay supported my college work effectively and gave me a good understanding of repairing engines, fault finding & diagnostic work as well as inspecting engines. I enjoyed the work so much I requested to stay on this department so I could further my knowledge.

Since then I have moved into the Special Products Division and enjoyed my first role as ‘Workshop Co-ordinator’ and now my current role, ‘Outboard Technical Sales Support Engineer’. Barrus have always supported me in my learning even since qualifying. I have completed many in house courses, various powerboat and water safety/ survival courses and I am also part of an online learning program, consisting of technical and sales courses and exams for engines we distribute and support.

Barrus have always given me opportunities to develop my career and take on more responsibilities, this has always kept things challenging, interesting and enjoyable."

James Tonks - R&D Student, 2006 and worked as Outboard Technical Sales Support Engineer at E P Barrus until July 2014 

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