WHEN it comes to job commitment and being a loyal staff member, Jeanette Rotheroe is a gold star example.
For the devoted employee is celebrating a remarkable 50 years of service with the same organisation – having first joined Redditch-based Adare SEC (then Kalamazoo Security Print) straight after leaving school as a teenager.
Now aged 65, Jeanette celebrated her magnificent milestone as the organisation’s longest-serving employee with a special presentation and gifts at Adare SEC’s site in Claybrook Drive to mark her commitment to the company.
“It was so special to celebrate my milestone, it’s something I won’t forget and I’m so proud to have been with a company where I’ve made so many friends over the last 50 years,” said Jeanette, of Longbridge.
“I’ve enjoyed so many happy moments here such as watching my colleagues get married, have children and set-up a life for their families.”
Over her half century Jeanette has seen huge change in the industry and recalls her first-ever job which was binding documents for the-then Kalamazoo Security Print at Northfield, Birmingham, in 1968.
“I felt like I had a lot of responsibility doing that job,” said the grandmother-of-two.
“I worked 40 hours-a-week, was paid £4.50 and loved every minute.”
Jeanette proved her potential straightaway, and has seen massive change over the years, particularly with the introduction of new technology.
Now she directs the production of passes for the thousands of visitors the firm receives.
And even though she could retire, Jeanette has no plans to stop anytime soon – and has only just reduced her hours to four-days-a-week.
She said: “They all keep asking me when I’m going to retire, I just keep saying ‘I will retire when I’m ready!’”
Tina Raven, production control manager at Adare SEC, said: “It’s a remarkable achievement to reach 50 years with the same company and Jeanette’s a real asset. We are all really proud of her.”