Go Plant Fleet Services recently partnered with a local charity, TwentyTwenty, who focus all of their efforts into working with disadvantaged and disengaged young people to develop confidence, succeed in education and find sustainable employment.
As part of our ongoing commitment to working with TwentyTwenty we welcomed Reece to our Head Office in Ibstock, Leicestershire. Reece visited our offices and workshop in Ibstock last year where he and a number of other young people spent time with our staff and apprentices learning about the different aspects of our business. Reece found his experience so fascinating that he specifically requested the opportunity to come back for two weeks work experience so he could learn more about what it was like to work in the workshop.
“I found everyone really friendly during my visit last year” said Reece, “and wanted to return to learn more about the technical aspects of running and maintaining road sweepers”.
Reece explained that prior to his initial visit he’d not considered a career in working with vehicles but the hands-on experience he has gained in his time with us has convinced him that his future lies in pursuing an apprenticeship and gaining his driving license to enable him to take the first steps towards a full-time career.
Sheldon Gayfer, GPFS HR Manager, shared how great it has been to have Reece working with us as part of our team. “It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm Reece has for the workshop environment – something he’d had no exposure to previously and something we are very proud to share”.
Mike Evans, Solution Focused Coach from TwentyTwenty, who popped in to visit Reece, thanked Go Plant Fleet Services for their support and for giving Reece the opportunity to come and work with us. Mike went on to say “Go Plant Fleet Services have consistently gone ‘above and beyond’ in order to support our young people. It’s great to know that businesses like this exist”.
When asked what he’s enjoyed most about his time with us Reece said “I’ve really enjoyed working with everyone in the workshop and learning more about the technical aspects of road sweepers. Everyone is really friendly and I’ve enjoyed the practical experience of supporting the workshop team and I also had the opportunity to go out in a road sweeper as a passenger to see how the machine works first hand. My experience has definitely inspired me to want to pass my driving test and find an apprenticeship where I can learn the skills required work on vehicles”.
Jack Drew, Fleet Support at Ibstock, said “Our sweepers are complicated machines to work on and I think Reece was surprised at the amount there is to learn. Whilst he’s not been able to work on the sweepers ‘hands-on’ we’ve spent time with him in a practical environment where he had the opportunity to learn the basics”.
All of the team at Go Plant Fleet Services would like to thank Reece for requesting to come back and spend time with us and to TwentyTwenty for supporting Reece and countless other young people who just need that chance to succeed.
To donate to TwentyTwenty or to find out more about how your organization can help young people realise their potential click here https://www.twentytwenty.org.uk/