Apprentices help to drive growth at Bridgnorth motor firm

Apprentices from Telford College are helping to drive growth at a Bridgnorth automotive company. The students are working with SNG Barratt UK – the world’s largest independent supplier and manufacturer of parts and accessories for Jaguar cars.

Sasha Katie Ullah, the company’s HR manager, said: “These are the first apprentices we’ve hired in over two years and it’s thanks to the apprenticeship incentives that we’ve been able to take them on. It is investing in the future of the business and shows our commitment not only to our business, but to the apprentices’ futures too.”

The apprentices include Max Fleming – a former Oldbury Wells student – who is on a level two customer service apprenticeship programme.

“I really felt an apprenticeship was the better route for me. I felt I’d get a better understanding of the working world and learn on the job,” he said. “My favourite part of my course is dealing with the customers. On my first day, I was full of nerves but by the end of the day, it was like I’d been a part of the team for ages.

“For my first few weeks, I worked in different areas of the company so I could gain a whole 360-degree view and understanding of the business, and I’ve learnt a lot.”

SNG Barratt customer service manager James Springthorpe said: “It’s great to see Max excited for his future at the company. He has more than thrown himself into it and there is definitely progression here for him.”

Another apprentice at the company is Zoe Choules, formerly from London, who completed her level two AAT qualification at Telford College, and is now on a level three AAT accounting apprenticeship.

“I chose this apprenticeship for workplace experience. It has given me a proper understanding of how a business runs. It has been very easy to transfer skills from my level two course to my apprenticeship – it’s a step up to more advanced knowledge. The one day a week in college gives me a solid support system and the transition to working full time has worked for me as I enjoy the fact there’s more structure to my day.”

Katie Coldrick is a former Bewdley High School student who is on a level three human resources apprenticeship.

“I’m very glad I chose this route and this company. Before starting, I did lots of research into the company so I was familiar with things during my induction. The company you work for really makes your apprenticeship and Telford College is a great support system that runs alongside my day-to-day working.”

Telford College offers apprenticeships in 38 different careers, for both young people and adults. For every £1 of Government investment, the college generates a return of more than £25 to the local economy from its apprenticeship programmes. The college currently engages with more than 1,000 apprentices, and 98% secure permanent employment or continue to further or higher education when their training is complete. It has close links with more than 700 companies, and the curriculum is created in collaboration with the business community to ensure their needs are met. More details about Telford College’s apprenticeships, and current employment opportunities, can be found at www.telfordcollege.ac.uk/apprenticeships

CAPTION: Max Fleming.

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