Alton apprentice receives VIP visit as part of National Apprenticeship Week

Monday, 10 February, 2020

An Alton apprentice who has been in his post for just one month met East Hampshire MP Damian Hinds as part of a national campaign to raise the profile of apprenticeships.

Will Carter (19), from Liss, joined the finance team for Testo in January and welcomed Mr Hinds on Friday, 7 February as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

Will was recruited through East Hampshire District Council’s apprenticeship scheme which offers businesses funding towards apprentice wages, travel and training.

Damian Hinds MP said: “I was delighted to come and meet Will and find out more about the opportunities being an apprentice has opened up for him.

“More and more businesses are seeing the value of apprenticeships as a way of developing talent within the business and also investing in the future of those young people.

“EHDC does a terrific job supporting apprenticeships. The scheme it runs, which provides money for wages, travel and transport, really makes it easy for employers to take on young people and bring them on in this way.”

Testo, based in Newman Lane, manufactures and calibrates measurement instruments for temperature, moisture, gas analysis and a huge variety of other applications.

Paul Jordan, Operations Director at Testo, said he was very happy to take on an apprentice.

“Over the years Testo has employed a number of apprentices and we have found it very beneficial,” he said. “It offers someone the chance to get experience in the working environment while also getting the training they need.

“The whole process of recruiting Will has been made so much easier by East Hampshire District Council’s Apprenticeship scheme and the funding and support that comes with it."

Will said: “I feel I’ve settled in here really well and everyone has been very supportive. An apprenticeship was perfect for me because I felt that I was ready to move into a business environment and it gave me the opportunity to keep training while also earning a wage.”

Find out more about EHDC's apprentice scheme