WEST NORFOLK: Apprentices show the bosses how it’s done
College chiefs and council leaders spent a day on the shop floor as they met some of West Norfolk’s apprentices.
Senior staff from the College of West Anglia became apprentices for the day on Thursday in an event held to mark National Apprenticeship Week.
Among them was principal David Pomfret, who spent the day testing and assembling telemetry monitoring and control systems at the Dodd Group premises on the Hardwick industrial estate.
Mr Pomfret, who worked alongside Adam Footer, 16, an electrotechnical apprentice from Middleton, said: “I value our partnership with employers and it was great to learn more about the Dodd Group and find out first-hand from them and Adam just what apprenticeships mean to them.
Meanwhile, other college staff turned their hands to engineering and hairdressing as part of the programme.
Arlene Clark, the college’s director of curriculum and learning, tried her hand at hair colouring at the Boldero and Filby salon in St James’ Street, Lynn, which hosted an event for teenagers to try their hands at hairdressing to tie in with Apprenticeship Week.
She said: “It was a fascinating insight into the work of a highly professional team. ”
Elsewhere, West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney met two of the authority’s new apprentices, Robert Williamson and Phillip Balls.
The pair were two of five new apprentices recruited by the council earlier this year.
Mr Daubney said: “Apprenticeships have changed in recent years and many employers, such as ourselves, are recognising how valuable they can be.
“We have been impressed by the quality and calibre of the individuals we’ve recruited as our apprentices, and we are looking forward to helping them develop in their careers.”
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