Apprentices are a Roaring Success at West Midlands Safari Park

Apprentices are a Roaring Success at West Midlands Safari Park

L-R: Russell Randle, Nicki Williams, Scott Wagstaff, Aureana Weeda and Stuart Laverick

In honour of National Apprenticeship Week two members of the senior leadership team at Heart of Worcestershire College became apprentices for the day at West Midland Safari & Leisure Park.

Stuart Laverick, Principal and Nicki Williams, Vice Principal at Heart of Worcestershire College put on their overalls and safety boots to support the engineering team at the Park to carry out their routine daily safety checks on the rides.

Stuart Laverick, Principal at Heart of Worcestershire College commented;

“Becoming an apprentice for the morning at West Midland Safari & Leisure Park has been brilliant. It is clear to see that the Park is fully committed to supporting the growth and development of apprentices which is great to see. Apprentices at the Park have a diverse and interesting role and are supported throughout by a knowledgeable and experienced engineering team. Thank you West Midland Safari & Leisure Park for this experience. ”

The ‘apprentices’ were supported throughout the morning by Russell Randle, Engineering Manager at  West Midland Safari & Leisure Park.

Russell is extremely supportive of the apprenticeship programme believing it delivers key employability skills for those starting in their career. Russell commented;

“Working at West Midland Safari & Leisure Park is extremely varied and very rewarding. The apprentices are supported by a great engineering team who can teach them the skills of the trade.  It is a fantastic way to start a career and we are committed to supporting the apprentices to progress in their future career.”

Stuart and Nicki shadowed two HoW College apprentices; Scott Wagstaff and Aureana Weeda who both had extremely positive comments about their apprenticeship at West Midland Safari & Leisure Park.

Scott commenting;

“I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone. I started at College but moved to an apprenticeship as I wanted to get hands on experience on the job. It is bonus that you get paid for doing a job that you enjoy and gaining a qualification at the same time.”

Aureana commenting;

“My role is different every day. One day we are working on the rides and then we are working in the Safari Park. You learn lots of skills such as welding, fabrication and mechanics. It’s so much fun”

For more information about apprenticeships please visit

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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