Apprentice of the year trip to Austria

Mid February saw the eagerly awaited trip to Austria and Germany courtesy of GTA England sponsors, WNT (UK) for the eight finalists of the Apprentice of the Year awards.

In Reutte, our host Arnold Lutz expertly took us round the Headquarters and manufacturing plant. The tour took us from a “goods in” route where the ore is received and processed through to the pressing, forming and coating of the products. The Apprentices learned that some 10% of profits each year are used to develop the facilities and processes. Our second excursion took us to the state of the art logistics plant in Kempten based on practices from the pharmaceutical sector. Here the worldwide Managing Director, Claude Son enthusiastically explained the concept behind the service that ensures next day delivery for WNT customers.

Amy West, winner of the Engineering Apprentice of the year award 2014 said, “The trip gave me a really good insight into the whole manufacturing process from the material at the start to the logistics side at the end. It will definitely help me with my future aims to work towards become a director within a company.”

Tony Pennington, MD of WNT (UK) and sponsor of the event said, “It was really pleasing to meet such a really great group of young people, who were very interested, enthusiastic and inquisitive. In my opinion, they will have very successful careers.”

As they say in Austria, “Tolle Erfahrung” or Felini in the language of the Apprentices.

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