Name: Tom Bird
Apprenticeship: Business Improvement Techniques Advanced
Tom has completed an intermediate apprenticeship in Business Improvement Techniques with Weetabix, and has now moved onto the advanced scheme.
“After my A levels, I didn’t want to go to university and felt ready to go into a practical work environment, so I was delighted to take up an apprenticeship. I’ve been given plenty of support during my time here and I’ve enjoyed learning lots of new skills since joining Weetabix. My people skills have really flourished and I am constantly interacting with staff from all sorts of departments and different areas, including senior members of the team. This has been very helpful in the development of my skills and knowledge.
“I think Weetabix has done exceptionally well in incorporating me as an apprentice into the day-to-day working life of the company. I’m not seen as an outsider to the rest of the team and from day one I have been welcomed into the company - the mentoring programme was a big help with this.
“I’ve had good support from Tresham College, with clear and helpful communication throughout the process. When I started the apprenticeship, I was a little unsure about how to present my project work, so the advice I got from my assessor was very helpful.
“After this apprenticeship, I hope to stay with the company and move on to a team leadership role. There may be the potential for me to move into shift and manufacturing management, but I’m not limited to just these areas and have spent time working in other departments like marketing, quality and health and safety. This has given me further insight and provided a well-rounded view of Weetabix, so there are loads of opportunities to explore.”