Apprentice Success Story
By: Skills CFA
Award Winning Apprentice
In keeping with National Apprentice Week's (6-10th March 2017) theme of 'The Ladder of Opportunity', we are continuing our series of articles about our Apprentice success stories. Instructus is a group of companies comprised of Instructus (formerly Skills CFA), CQM Training and Consultancy Ltd, and Springboard Consultancy. CQM T&C is an award winning Training Provider that has a strong focus on sustainability and measured improvement. The following story is about their Apprentice Wojciech Kalinowski.
Wojciech Kalinowski took an Improve Efficiency Apprenticeship in Food Manufacturing Excellence. Finishing it at just 19 years old, he is the Trainee Relief Team Leader at Bradgate Bakery (they make the sandwiches for Tesco - so, as you can imagine, that's a pretty big organisation).
He started his apprenticeship in 2014 after choosing not to go to college. Applying for his Apprenticeship via CQM Training and Consultantcy Ltd, and successfully completing his stage 2 interview (where he impresses two of Bradgates' Managers), he was employed the same day! 18 months later and he is the youngest trainee team leader in the company history.
Woj said, "I'd never heard of Bradgate Bakery before applying for an apprenticeship, but once they showed an interest in me, told me about the opportunities they'd offer me and allowed me to have a look around, I knew it was where I wanted to be". He told us about the equipment he learned to use and the responsibility of learning to be a team leader and said "I wouldn’t be where I am now if I hadn't done the apprenticeship; it can take ten years to get to a team leader position and in 18 months I am now being trained, which I'm really proud of. I'm also really proud that I've been able to save the business about £500 a week by restructuring shifts and looking at how the company was using resources".
And his hard work and dedication has paid off in other ways too. At the end of last year, Woj landed the prestigious Young Talent of the year award in the food and drink manufacturing industry's Oscars - the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards. Truly a well deserved accolade. But we should not forget that CQM Training and Consultantcy Ltd has won this award for the third consecutive year, thus demonstrating the excellence of their training, and their focus and commitment to their apprentices.
And as a reminder that the Ladder of Opportunity is always 'up', Woj's next goal is to become the youngest manager in the company (and he clearly has the opportunity to beat the current record of 25 years old). We at Instructus wish him the best and hope that his story has done a little to inspire our readers.