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AXMINSTER: More experience for apprentices at Axminster tool company

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A mix of college education and work experience is the way forward according to Axminster Tools & Machinery (AT&M) and its apprentices.
The company works with Exeter College and took an active part in National Apprenticeship Week between March 3rd-7th.
As part of the exercise, three AT&M apprentices shadowed a company director each for a day.
ICT apprentice Ben Vine shadowed sales director Alan Styles; engineering apprentice Kieran Kerle shadowed resale director Martin Brown; and servicing apprentice Ryan Moore shadowed marketing director Katina Styles.
Ben Vine commented: “I feel that the apprenticeship scheme benefits both the companies and the apprentices.
"Being an apprentice has given me a better chance in life as I am going to college once a week gaining qualifications, as well as the day-to-day skills I’m learning at work. I’m also gaining great experience which I believe to be potentially more valuable than some qualifications.
"The other plus side to being an apprentice is you actually get paid to learn while you get your qualifications.
“Spending the day with Alan was a very good experience for me as I was able to learn about another department and how it works, plus I got to spend the day with a well-respected figure inside the company. I think that I‘ve learnt some valuables skills from Alan as he has a wide knowledge of business.
“HR director Jane Boulton said: “The aim of this opportunity was to raise the aspirations of our apprentices, encourage them to think beyond their immediate next step for progression and look further ahead to their potential future career. As a company we cannot place too high a value on our apprentices and the apprenticeship scheme that we are affiliated to through Exeter College."


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