Apprenticeship Scheme

The Apprenticeship Programme at TR was re-launched in 2011. "TR Ambassadors" joined HR Adviser, Helen Toole at Uckfield Community Technology College where they presented TR to a group of students studying business related subjects at either AS or A level.

In addition to TR's manufacturing apprentice, our first business apprentice Jade Wickham started with us in September 2011. She commenced a two-year programme that will see her spend three months in each of the departments in the business. Apprentices are kept under constant review with regard to their progress but the review undertaken in May 2012 sums up how beneficial the scheme can be to both the apprentice and to the Company as a whole. An extract from the review is included below:

'Jade has already spent time in Administration/Human Resources, in the Warehouse and in Quality Assurance and nothing but glowing reports have been received from the managers of those departments.

Jade felt that Administration and Human Resources was a good place to start and here she learnt the basics of the business, increasing her confidence in answering the telephone and learning how to multi-task.

The time Jade spent in the Warehouse gave her a good grounding of all the working practices within it and she even implemented a change to the layout of the picked bin items in order to save time. Jade also went out with one of the drivers and has seen first-hand how and where our products are used.

Jade loves Quality Assurance and understands how the quality systems work and loves the investigation side of the role and the understanding needed for technical drawings, finishes and materials.

She is looking forward to joining Sales in July and understands the great opportunity that the Apprenticeship has provided for her to learn as much as she can about business. She works hard, is committed and not afraid to ask questions to develop her learning.'

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Jade Wickham
Business Apprentice

Helen Toole
HR Adviser

In March 2012, a similar presentation at the College was held and as a result, two additional business apprentices and one logistics apprentice were taken on in July 2012; they will follow similar programmes spending time in each of the departments of the business and attending an NVQ training programme resulting in a nationally recognised qualification.

The Apprenticeship programme has been embraced by TR's departmental managers because it is seen as an exciting initiative to provide young people with the opportunity to gain practical work experience within a global organisation.