We’re lucky here at Worcester that we are able to provide such a well-regarded apprenticeship scheme. An educated and dedicated work force is the back bone of everything we do so it’s in our best interests to invest as much as we can to get the best out of our apprentices.
Recently one of our work experience students was able to fly the flag of the importance gaining valuable work experience. Tom Kelly is a former pupil at Tudor Grange Academy and has taken part in work experience at Worcester for well 2 years. His dedication and work ethic led us to offer him a job in our Commercial Department.
Following this Tom, 18, went back to school last month to be presented with a special award in honour of his hard work and his new apprenticeship place. It all formed part of Tudor Grange Academy’s careers fair, Destination Day, and Tom provided inspiration to the present year 10 pupils. He then joined our managing director Carl Arntzen on the Worcester stand to receive his certificate.
Knowing exactly how it feels to be in a year 10’s shoes, Tom was able to give students an insight to the careers available here at Worcester – who he first spoke to at the Destination Day two years ago. After this, Tom grabbed the chance to join the team at Worcester’s headquarters for work experience one day a week while he continued his studies at Tudor Grange Academy.
Speaking at the Destination Day, Carl said: “This award and apprenticeship is very well deserved. Since working with us Tom has built a reputation for being hardworking, inquisitive and flexible. It can often be a tricky transition from college to work but Tom’s confidence, professionalism and maturity has visibly grown. He has become a valued member of our team – so much so that we were delighted to offer him apprenticeship with us.
“As innovation is always at the forefront of everything we do at Worcester, we are active in recruiting and developing the apprentices we take on, and are pleased to give Tom a defined career pathway with us. This will continue to develop his skills for the future and allow the opportunity to gain NVQ qualifications.”
Tom said: “When I was offered the opportunity to take extended work experience at Worcester I jumped at the chance. It has been invaluable for me to be able to put subjects and topics I studied at Tudor Grange into practice and to see how different areas of business work.
“I am very pleased that Worcester has recognised potential in me and am looking forward to developing my skills further within my apprenticeship. I would encourage young people to consider this kind of relationship with firms as it can really help you to develop a number of skills, including business, social and educational.”
Our collaboration with Tudor Grange Academy allows us to work closely with the school in many ways, including representation on the board of Governors as well as identifying local talent for the future.
Claire Maclean, Head Teacher at Tudor Grange said: “Partnerships such as this with Worcester, Bosch Group have been crucial to the progress of the school over the last 3 years. I’m delighted with this news. Tom has been an outstanding student and I know he will be an outstanding employee”
For more information on Worcester, Bosch Group and its apprentice scheme, please visit www.worcester-bosch.co.uk.
Sue Pennington, Consumer Brand Manager, Worcester, Bosch Group