College of West Anglia chiefs go back to the floor

Market Bistro, Saturday Market Place, King's Lynn, with College of West Anglia ANL-140313-140010001
Market Bistro, Saturday Market Place, King's Lynn, with College of West Anglia ANL-140313-140010001

It was back to the floor again for senior managers from the College of West Anglia during Apprentices Week.

Among those taking part were Arlene Clark, executive director for curriculum and learning, Stephen Jones, executive director finance and resources, and Andrew Gedge, head of faculty sport, public and caring services and publicservices.

This is the second year that the college has organised its Back To The Floor event.

Mr Jones visited the Market Bistro in Lynn, which is run by Richard and Lucy Golding who are keen supporters of the apprenticeship scheme.

He said: “I had a great morning at the Market Bistro meeting their two apprentices Daisy Greenacre, front of house, and Jacob Emmerson.

“I spent most of my time helping prepare food in the kitchen and I learned a new way to peel boiled eggs and a technique to help improve burgers made from scratch. I also recognised despite broadly improving economic conditions that running a business in the hospitality industry is really hard work requiring innovation and top notch customer service if you are to remain successful.

“The apprentices genuinely seem to enjoy their roles and the apprenticeship scheme as a way of learning and I think it is such a practical and great way to learn – effectively ensuring formalised learning on the job.

Andrew Gedge had a superb visit to King’s Lynn Golf Club. He said: “What a day to be on the golf course! While I would have loved to have been winding my way around King’s Lynn Golf Club as a player, the skill and dedication of the ground staff were far more impressive than anything I could have managed!

“I shadowed our apprentice, Tim Race, for two hours on a glorious afternoon. The knowledge I gained about protocols around golfers, daily routines for the staff and the sheer dedication of Tim and his colleagues on a day-by-day basis I am sure is not known among the playing fraternity.

“I was stunned to listen to the activity that has taken place over the winter period in re-engineering parts of the course as well as responding to some mindless vandalism that has hit key playing parts and which now look glorious in the sunshine.

The club’s previous apprentice, Matthew Goss, is now enployed full-time at Hunstanton Golf Club.

Ms Clark visited RJ Herbert, which employs 150 people at at Middle Drove. Currently the company has two apprentices George Carter and Ben Golding.

This included two different forms of welding, under the watchful eye of Kristen Day, who has supported the apprentices.

Arlene, kitted in protective headwear, said: “Sadly I will be unable to take up welding as a career change due to not being very good at it.”