Worcestershire Employment and Skills board
Carl Arntzen, our CEO, is Chair of Worcestershire Employment and Skills board.The main remit is to champion investment in the workforce by the private sector to support and sustain economic growth.
Their broad purpose is to support schools and provide learning opportunities, lobby government (both local and national) and to encourage and promote skills investment in Worcestershire's workforce to all employers and their supply chains, to ensure the widest possible business engagement in recruitment, retention and skills development.
Carl is also involved with the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Institute of Technology outreach board. Their focus is to attract more students to study STEM topics.
STEM – Bronze Project
Two Stem Ambassadors at our Clay Cross site in Derbyshire have been working with local schools – Derby High School and Tibshelf School as mentors to advise and support on STEM projects within the Industrial Cadets Bronze project – a 12 week STEM project for students in year 8 and 9.
Women in Engineering
The Bosch Group is active in the Women in Engineering movement across the globe, which aims to encourage engineering as a career for women. Prior to the pandemic we held regular events at Worcester Bosch, to debate the topic and have training sessions, also visiting schools to promote the subject. This year we will be holding virtual events.
Picture a Greener Future book
For younger readers we have a workbook called ‘Picture a Greener Future’, which talks about home energy efficiency and how to save energy and resources at home – it includes a wordsearch and colouring section.
We have a long-established reputation for offering apprenticeships, with excellent on the job training and a high rate of retention within the business following completion.
Supporting industry apprenticeships
For the past 20 years we have worked closely with leading colleges and training providers. Our partnership has diversified over time to ensure that training requirements are kept in line with industry standards and are constantly being revised to suit the ever-changing market.
We sponsor HIP’s Learner of the Year competition and meet as many apprentices as we can during the competition.
Internships and work experience
We have a junior internship programme (for students at college) where we allocate a mentor within the business to a junior intern, providing them valuable insights into the world of work and offering two-week work experience.
For those students who are completing a degree course we also have an internship progamme which gives practical experience in the workplace to support their studies – this usually lasts for one year. The company supports around 60 interns per year. Following their placement we have the ability to offer a further part-time internship whilst they complete their studies which is part of the ‘New Skills Support’ scheme – a Bosch in the UK initiative.
We host a number of students on work experience each year into a variety of departments, often organising rotational placements to gain the most experience possible.
Our manufacturing departments also host workplace visits and factory tours for small groups of students to have a closer look at our products and manufacturing processes.
Coventry University Partnership
In partnership with Coventry University we offer a Master’s Programme for our employees with 6 subjects: MSc Data Science & Computational Intelligence, MSc Automotive Electrical Engineering, MSc Engineering Project Management, MSc Cyber Security, MSc Information Systems Technology and MSc Software Development, whereby the recipient receives a bursary.