Three French Apprentices Learn the Tricks of the English Trade
Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Education and also in Communities
French Apprentices with Sanctuary Maintenance Operatives
Three young French men have spent the past two weeks learning the English tricks of the trade, as part of an international maintenance placement, using their smartphones as a translation tool.
The three apprentices, Gascard Corentin, Ferriot Cleirrent and Gillet Valentin, came to Shiregreen to work alongside the gas team of national property maintenance company, Sanctuary Maintenance.
They spent the two weeks working alongside the company’s engineers on a number of projects including maintenance and repairs to gas installations, whilst observing the English way of working.
Ferriot Cleirrent said: “Coming to England has been a great experience. Not only have I learnt new skills in the trade but I also have knowledge of the industry in a different country which will be useful back home.
“It was good to work with the team at Sanctuary and I have learnt a lot from them.”
The initial language barriers were overcome during the apprentice’s induction by using an interpreter, however for the rest of the placement the Sanctuary Maintenance engineers were casting their minds back to their school days or using the web based translation tools on their smartphones to communicate with the French apprentices.
Rob Daine, North Regional Gas Manager at Sanctuary Maintenance, said: “The apprentices were well received by the team. After the initial barriers were overcome our engineers enjoyed their time with the apprentices and were asking them how our practices compared to those in France.
“I think both nationalities have learnt new phrases in each others language over the last two weeks.”
The placements are part of an on going initiative organised by B&E Together Ltd that is designed to place European apprentices with in British companies, giving them invaluable knowledge and experience during their training.
Joyce Tinker, Senior Relationship Manager and Lead Manager of EU projects at B&E Together said: “This is the second year Sanctuary Maintenance has been involved in the European Exchange programme and we would like to thank them for their support. The scheme can only continue to be a success with this support from local companies.”
The engineers at Sanctuary Maintenance are welcoming three more apprentices who started their two week placement with the company this morning.