09 March 2017
Apprentices are a Roaring Success at West Midlands Safari Park
In honour of National Apprenticeship Week two members of the senior leadership team at Heart of Worcestershire College became apprentices for the day at West Midland Safari & Leisure Park.
Stuart Laverick, Principal and Nicki Williams, Vice Principal at Heart of Worcestershire College put on their overalls and safety boots to support the engineering team at the Park to carry out their routine daily safety checks on the rides.
Stuart Laverick, Principal at Heart of Worcestershire College commented;
“Becoming an apprentice for the morning at West Midland Safari & Leisure Park has been brilliant. It is clear to see that the Park is fully committed to supporting the growth and development of apprentices which is great to see. Apprentices at the Park have a diverse and interesting role and are supported throughout by a knowledgeable and experienced engineering team. Thank you West Midland Safari & Leisure Park for this experience. ”
The ‘apprentices’ were supported throughout the morning by Russell Randle, Engineering Manager at West Midland Safari & Leisure Park.
Russell is extremely supportive of the apprenticeship programme believing it delivers key employability skills for those starting in their career. Russell commented;
“Working at West Midland Safari & Leisure Park is extremely varied and very rewarding. The apprentices are supported by a great engineering team who can teach them the skills of the trade. It is a fantastic way to start a career and we are committed to supporting the apprentices to progress in their future career.”
Stuart and Nicki shadowed two HoW College apprentices; Scott Wagstaff and Aureana Weeda who both had extremely positive comments about their apprenticeship at West Midland Safari & Leisure Park.
“I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone. I started at College but moved to an apprenticeship as I wanted to get hands on experience on the job. It is bonus that you get paid for doing a job that you enjoy and gaining a qualification at the same time.”
“My role is different every day. One day we are working on the rides and then we are working in the Safari Park. You learn lots of skills such as welding, fabrication and mechanics. It’s so much fun”