28 March 2018
An apprentice has been playing an important role in helping to make sure that a popular tourist attraction in East Anglia is ready to open later this month.
Matt Challis joined the maintenance team at Pleasurewood Hills last year and has been busy making sure the rides at the Lowestoft Theme Park are ready for the thousands of people who are expected to visit between March and October.
He was offered an Advanced Apprenticeship after successfully completing work experience at the park while he was a student on the Level 2 Maintenance Engineering course at East Coast College, Lowestoft Campus. During the work experience programme, Matt impressed the park’s maintenance team with his attitude and knowledge and was offered a place with the permanent team.
As an Apprentice, Matt gets to spend time working alongside the members of the park’s maintenance team and attends college for one day a week. He has seen first-hand how positive joining the apprenticeship programme has been for his career development.
18-year-old Matt said: “With an apprenticeship I find that I am learning at a more practical level. I get to do more hands-on work which helps me understand the work better – it’s my preferred way to learn.”
A spokesperson for Pleasurewood Hills said: “We’re really pleased to support the Apprenticeship Programme as it is a great way to be able to encourage and support people looking to start their careers in the engineering industry and boost the workforce at the park. Several people from the Maintenance Team began their own careers as Apprentices so they really understand how valuable this kind of training can be in preparing for the world of work.”