TCi recently enrolled on a work experience scheme for contractors at Hinkley Point C, providing unique opportunities within the local community.
Members of the warehouse team at TCi furniture WORKS were delighted to host a candidate from the HPC Supported Trainee Scheme. The programme, run by local Social Enterprise, Discovery, has been established to provide work experience and career opportunities to young adults between the ages of 18 & 25 with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND).
Thomas joined TCi on a 6 week placement, helping with warehousing and logistics tasks as well as accompanying operatives on regular visits to the Hinkley Point C Nuclear New Build construction site.
Operations Manager, John White explains; “He quickly showed superb ability and integrated quickly within the team, undertaking tasks with responsibility at all times”
We asked Thomas a few questions about his experience:
How did you find out about the scheme?
“I learned of the HPC Supported Trainee Scheme through the YMCA near to where I live”
What was your role with TCi?
“Officially, my role was as a trainee furniture & multitask operative, but I proved capable across a range of tasks and ended up with the chance to do a little bit of everything.”
What did you enjoy most?
“All of it really, but I do wish I’d been able to spend more time on the nuclear site. Due to the work we were doing, we were often only there for a few hours at a time, but it was an amazing place to be.”
How has this helped you to develop your career?
“I’ve now had the opportunity to get security badged, met lots of new people and even got recognised for raising a site observation, so it has definitely helped me to achieve things I wouldn’t otherwise have had the chance to do.”
What do you plan to do next?
“At the end of this month I am due to take part in an initial assessment to enrol as a Support Operative Bronze while I work on gaining some more qualifications so that I can work towards becoming a nuclear engineer.”
Would you recommend this scheme to others?
“If you just want to get some site experience, it’s a great role to get into.”
Thomas finished by saying; “I have enjoyed working with all the colleagues. I got to know some more than others, but it was a good experience”
Everyone at TCi would like to wish Thomas all the best in his career development. It has been a pleasure working with him over the past few weeks. As a business, TCi is always keen to provide opportunities for career development and work experience. A successful apprenticeship programme and long-term training roles are complemented by engagement with schools, colleges and initiatives such as the HPC Supported Trainee Scheme.