Gloucestershire-based commercial vehicle safety manufacturer Sentinel Systems has continued to support Cirencester College for another year by sponsoring a student recognition award in the college’s annual awards. The company has been working with the college for the past few years to support the local talent in students and encourage them into internships and careers.
Titled ‘The Sentinel Systems Ltd Award for Excellence in the Workplace’, the award set up by the company recognises the performance and contribution of students taking part in apprenticeships in the finance, business, IT or sport sectors.
The awards ceremony took place at the college and the Sentinel Systems award was given to a student who participated in an Advanced Marketing Apprenticeship.
David Paulson, Managing Director of Sentinel Systems is on the board of the careers academy at the college. He commented, “As a company we think that it is important for students to recognise their talent and we are very supportive of this. We have introduced the Sentinel Systems award for high performing apprentices and interns in connection with Cirencester College to reward this talent and hope that it will inspire and encourage students and young adults to join these great schemes. They are very beneficial for young people as they help them gain the knowledge and confidence they need to start a career.”
Aside from the awards sponsorship, Sentinel Systems supports Cirencester College in its summer internship programme by recruiting students to work with the company. In the past, Sentinel has recruited Ed Bowden, a previous winner of the Sentinel Systems award, who worked with the company’s IT department during the summer programme and continued to work with the company full time in his gap year. Ed still returns from his university on a regular basis to provide part time support for the company and continue the great work he started during his internship.
Sentinel has also recently employed Jamie Bonthron, a Sales and Marketing Support apprentice from Cirencester College who is working with the company four days a week towards his qualification. Jamie assists with all sales and marketing activities including the development of the company website and sales tools and co-ordinating the company’s PR programme.
To continue its support of the internship programme run by the college, Sentinel Systems will be hiring another summer intern this year to help provide them with vital knowledge and experience that they can carry forward with their career. Last year Sentinel Systems was awarded the ‘Award for the Best Employer Contribution’ by the College for its commitment and work with the careers programme.
Commenting again, David Paulson said “We very much enjoy having students working with us as they bring in new ideas and knowledge of current trends that we can use in our work and customer approach. Our team are very welcoming to them and help them in every way possible to achieve some great experience and work for their career portfolio. We are sure that will we continue supporting this scheme well into the future.”