Week 1 of our Annual Apprentice Personal and Professional Development residential week saw half of our 1st Year Engineering apprentices from our Worcester operation away with our Hereford Commerce Apprentices. 14th to 18th April 2014.
The mix of learners across programmes and sites allow for more opportunity to build skills with working with new teams, preparing apprentice for going into company of evolving into different roles in their organisations.
We believe the week is vital in helping learners build skills such as communication, time management, leadership, problems solving and all the skills that work alongside their vocational skills to ensure they are a valuable member of any organisation.
The week is action packed week with activities from 9.30 am to 9.30 pm. Obviously we feed them along the way.
Our Apprentices will face many challenges, caving, canoeing, night walk and a 2 day expedition over the Brecon Beacons. The activities are designed to challenge fears and grow individuals comfort zones. By overcoming and succeeding on residential in a safe and supportive environment we hope to allow them to see that they can achieve more than they think and they can challenge themselves. Hopefully overcoming those perceived limitations and achieving in their mind ‘the impossible’.
The week is a mandatory part of the apprenticeship programme, we see it as an opportunity to gain vital skills and grow.
We were fortunate enough to have great weather on week 1 and have the pleasure of some employers visit to see what their apprentices achieve. A big thanks you to Dave Barnett of Yamazaki Mazak and Mandy Knott of allpay for giving their time to the programme and being there to encourage.