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Investing in Apprenticeships


FSB member and Leicestershire based waste management company, Bakers Waste, who last month hosted an FSB Bank of England roundtable meeting at their premises, have donated a fully functional refuse truck to the students at Stephenson College in Coalville, to develop skill sets and enhance future job prospects.

The donation is another example of the growing relationship between the college and Bakers Waste, who currently have two apprentices from the college’s HGV Maintenance & Repair course working at the company’s Head Office in Beaumont Leys.

The refuse truck, which was formally out on the roads around Leicestershire collecting trade waste from the likes of Leicester City Football Club, Donington Park and Leicester Racecourse, will now get a second lease of life as a training vehicle for students to get hands-on mechanical experience.

Dr. Nigel Leigh, Principal and Chief Executive of Stephenson College, said: “We are very grateful for the donation Bakers Waste has made to support the delivery of our apprenticeship programme. The apprentices will have the opportunity to work on vehicles that they will experience in their work environments, and this supports the quality of their experience and its relevance to their employers.”

Fleet Manager at Bakers Waste, Craig Kimberlin, who himself completed a City & Guilds Motor Vehicle  apprenticeship through Stephenson college, was on hand to present the refuse truck.

He said: “As a former Motor Vehicle City & Guilds student at Stephenson College, I am extremely excited by the opportunity to present the college with a vehicle that is relevant to the industry with which the students can familiarise themselves. We believe this is an investment in Leicestershire motor vehicle education and are incredibly proud to be contributing.”