Thinking Space participate in National Apprenticeship Week
Thinking Space have recently been visiting the local schools and colleges in the area in a bid to support and learn more about Apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week. As an avid supporter of the Apprenticeship route as an entry into the manufacturing industry, Managing Director Wayne Palmer is keen for the company to be involved once again this year.
Currently employing an Apprentice who joined the company last year, it brings the total number to three Apprentices employed over the course of the company’s life. “An Apprenticeship offers an internationally recognised qualification whilst working. Our Apprentices will not have a huge debt following their studies, and we offer them the chance to work on some pretty exciting projects” explains Wayne, who was once an Apprentice himself.
Last week two representatives from Thinking Space were invited to Eastleigh College as part of National Apprenticeship Week, along with other local employers, to find out more about the true business benefits of Apprenticeships. The college is one of the largest providers of Apprenticeships in the region, and hosted the session, where a two course lunch was served by the college’s hospitality and catering students to all participants. Then followed a series of presentations by local businesses who shared their experiences of recruiting apprentices.
As a follow-on from National Apprenticeship Week, this week Thinking Space attended the Mountbatten School Business Patrons Club, which Wayne is President of. Held at Barton Peveril College, a breakfast meeting with other businesses featured a question and answer session with a student panel. The focus was to find out how the students felt about furthering their education and the whole “Apprenticeship, University, Work Experience” decision. It gave the potential “future employer” an insight into what shapes their decision-making process.