Coachlines - December 2018

19.12.18 Hon Asst John Blauth

Automotive apprentice: Supporting Stephen’s success

Pictured above: CEO of Xtrac Adrian Moore presenting our cheque to Stephen Gomm

Communications Committee Chairman, Assistant Lesley Upham, Secretary to the Charity Committee Ali Taylor and Hon Assistant John Blauth visited transmission technology specialist Xtrac in December to present a cheque to Apprentice Stephen Gomm, our new Automotive Apprentice.

Stephen, in common with Coachmaking Apprentice Tom Castle, was chosen thanks to a wealth of achievements – both professional and outside work. Stephen impressed the vetting party of Coachmakers, which included Renter Warden Sarah Adams-Diffey, with his straightforward manner, clear knowledge about and enthusiasm for his work and by demonstrating an indication of his future success.

“It’s a real privilege to be chosen by the Coachmakers as one of the apprentices they wish to follow and support with training,” Stephen said. “It was a privilege to meet the Coachmakers and to receive valuable funding for my studies.”

Stephen explaining to Assistant Lesley Upham and John Blauth micro measurements while Liveryman Joe Greenwell and Ali Taylor (hidden) look on.

Stephen explaining to Assistant Lesley Upham and Hon Assistant John Blauth micro measurements, while Liveryman Joe Greenwell and Ali Taylor (hidden) look on.

Xtrac is strongly committed to the development of young people through its apprentice and undergraduate programmes.

“The Coachmakers shares the same values as Xtrac in supporting and developing young people,” said Liveryman Joe Greenwell CBE, Xtrac’s Chairman. “The financial support awarded to Stephen, to support him in his studies, has been extremely well received. This support isn’t just financial though, as the Coachmakers will continue to engage with Stephen during his studies and continue once qualified.”

CEO Adrian Moore, who presented Stephen with his cheque and accompanied us on a tour of the facility, said: “We welcome the additional support from the Coachmakers, which bolsters our already successful apprentice programme. We are committed to developing young people to give us the workforce of the future as we move into an electrified automotive world, where workers with key technical skills and the ability to innovate will be at a premium”.