On 18th September 2007, Xtrac picked up the ‘Large Employer Award’ at the Annual Employer Awards Ceremony run by the West Berkshire Education Business Partnership. The award is given for the week long work experience placements Xtrac offer annually to 15-16 year olds from local schools and Xtrac was up against tough competition against the likes of Vodafone in Newbury. The award was given due to Xtrac’s welcome and friendly approach to the students, the varied and structured placement and the feedback given to the schools after the placement.
Xtrac offer 6 such placements every year and during their week long placement, students gain experience in many departments including Engineering, R&D, Inspection, Heat Treatment, Fitting Shop and Stores. One of Xtrac’s past work experience students went on to complete his apprenticeship this month and was awarded Apprentice of the Year in December 2006.
The ‘Large Employer Award’ was presented by the Mayor of Thatcham to Xtrac’s HR Manager Jane Gilham. Also attending the ceremony was Newbury MP Richard Benyon, who himself visited Xtrac last year.