A company welcomed a new recruit to the ranks of its apprentices today as Lynn’s college boss swapped his office for life as a plumber.
College of West Anglia principal David Pomfret went back to the floor alongside the apprentices working for South Wootton-based Hall Heating and Plumbing Services.
The initiative coincides with this week’s National Apprenticeship Week and traditionally sees several senior managers working alongside students who are pursuing the college’s apprenticeship programmes.
Mr Pomfret said: “I think it’s really important to see the apprenticeship scheme that we offer through the eyes of the young person.
“This allows us to see how we can improve training opportunities, based on what the employer expects and ensure our apprentices get the most out of their placements.”
“I am passionate about the apprenticeships we offer through the college and was delighted to get to work on-site today.”
Mr Pomfret spent the day working alongside 19-year-old Liam Farrow, who is currently working towards an advanced level apprenticeship provided by the college, and Daniel Starling, 16, who began his training in September.
Liam said: “It’s a lot different working as an apprentice than it is studying in the workshops at college.
“I get the real life work experience with Dan and have a lot more time to do practical, hands-on learning.”
Daniel added: “It’s been really good to have Mr Pomfret with us today. He’s been very good at the jobs we set him. We’ve had a go at soldering, clipping and installing a radiator. He got really stuck in.”
Their employer, Dan Hall, himself began his career as an apprentice.
He said: “I believe the partnership is benefitting the young people equally as much as it is helping my business to thrive.
“It has been fantastic to have the principal come out on a job with us today, to experience the plumbing trade first hand and live out the day-to-day jobs of the apprentices.”