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International Dates for Syntax Stars

International Dates for Syntax Stars

Three staff at Derby-based Syntax Consultancy are busy preparing for international trips, supported by the company.

Kickboxing British and World champion Gwilym Walker (31), who is an Account Manager in the company’s Engineering and Technical recruitment team will be travelling to Ireland next weekend and then to Italy in May to compete in two major international competitions.

Senior IT Recruitment Consultant Simon Dowdall (31) is volunteering to help deliver a life-change programme in Africa, he will be coaching sport to underprivileged children and help develop new infrastructure in very poor communities in Kenya.

And Eric Riley (19) will travel to Kilimanjaro as part of his award from national training provider Remit in recognition of his commitment to the apprenticeship programme that he recently completed with Syntax IT Services where he now works full time as an IT Support Engineer

All three have been supported in their out of work activities by Syntax – the Midlands largest independent IT and engineering recruitment and IT services company with offices in Derby and London.

Syntax Managing Director Roger Frost said: “We are extremely proud of all three members of staff and are supporting them through sponsorship to help them pursue their individual goals.

“In the highly pressurised world of recruitment and IT support – it is vital that staff achieve a good work-life balance and we are keen that everyone here achieve their potential in all walks of life.”

Gwilym Walker from Belper won the world title at the World Kickboxing Championships in Holland in November after taking a long break from the sport.

He began kickboxing 16 years ago but decided to take a break from the sport when he relocated from Yorkshire to Derbyshire to be with girlfriend Lois, who is now his wife.

He worked as a personal trainer and in customer service before moving into the recruitment industry and joined Syntax 18 months ago – specialising in engineering and technical recruitment.

"I started training again about two years ago and was delighted to get gold at the World Championships in Holland in November. Training and competing takes up a lot of your time and I'm grateful for all the support that Syntax give me and particularly for sponsoring me for my upcoming fights this year.”

Walker's next major competition is Irish Open and then the Best Fighter competition in Italy where he will be up against fighters using a variety of styles from Karate to Taekwando.

“This is the first time that I have competed in both competitions so they are an unknown quantity but I have been training hard since Christmas and am in good shape so am confident that I will do well.”

Simon Dowdall who lives in Derby city centre joined Syntax six years ago working in the IT permanent recruitment team having formerly worked throughout the USA for Major League Soccer – coaching young people aged six to 17.

“I am really looking forward to going to Kenya which will be a totally new experience but one that will be very worthwhile – taking sport to children and young people who have not had many opportunities to participate in football in the past.

“I have been busy fundraising for the trip and everybody at work and home has been very supportive.”

Eric Riley from Spondon completed his IT Technician apprenticeship with the Remit IT Academy – working at Syntax IT Services in Pride Park where he has now secured a full time job.

As part of his apprenticeship award, he has been invited by Remit to join the 12-day trip to  Kilimanjaro in Tanzania this April which will include community and environmental work in local villages as well as camping in the African bush and safari trips.

Eric said: “I was really pleased to be recognised with the national apprenticeship award and am really looking forward to the Kilimanjaro trip which will be a totally new experience for me and certainly very different from my work working in IT support.”


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