“We tried to maintain it a bit low key… I did not wish to say ‘Oh my dad’s in the identical firm as me,’ I did not need all the eye – nevertheless it bought spherical fairly rapidly,” says Dominic Foster.
Dominic left college in Peterborough in 2018 after A-levels and he and his dad have ended up doing the identical apprenticeship on the similar firm by very totally different routes.
John Foster was already working as a name handler for RSA, one of many world’s oldest insurance coverage corporations, when Dominic utilized for an apprenticeship within the claims staff.
After a gruelling three-hour interview, Dominic was employed and this impressed his dad to go for the apprenticeship programme for current workers – and he was employed too.
“We’re neck and neck however nonetheless within the very early phases of the curriculum,” says John.
John first joined the corporate in 2017 after well being points pressured an finish to a 30-year profession as engineer, each on the highway and in technical help.
He left college at 16 however picked up a string of later in life, together with an HNC in electrical engineering: “I did it the laborious method,” he says.
“Ooh – you are are going to open up a can of worms there, I feel,” says John.
Dominic admits: “Dad has the engineering background, so significantly on the subject of claims dealing with… he has the higher hand on me, he can determine the technical facets of a declare.”
His dad has the sting for instance: “on the subject of in search of pipes in a constructing, discovering out the place a leak’s coming from”.
However on the subject of the book-learning a part of the course, Dominic is high canine, having completed A-levels so just lately.
“Dad, he is rather a lot older and the best way it is all laid out – it is tougher for him.”
John, who’s 47, agrees his son is superb academically: “He can be quicker at absorbing the fabric and retaining that materials, whereas me being a bit older, I’ve to put in writing much more all the way down to attempt to retain it.
“We’re at totally different ends of the spectrum I suppose.”
Fortunately, direct comparability is troublesome as they work in several groups inside RSA – however the firm confirms they’re each “excellent workers”.
Dwelling in the identical family means they’ll return and check one another, “revise, bounce concepts off one another, if there’s one thing we do not perceive… and simply typically assist it click on into place”, says John.
As soon as they full their present programme, they may each be eligible for a level stage senior insurance coverage skilled apprenticeship, however in any other case the pair look prone to transfer in very totally different instructions.
Dominic says the advantage of the programme is that it has allowed him to maneuver spherical totally different departments within the firm.
He significantly loved his time with the digital staff and he thinks his future is likely to be there, maybe as an online developer.
And John desires to maximise use of his technical and other people expertise, gained from his years as an engineer.
“I wish to be extra on the undertaking administration aspect for the upper worth claims.
“So you may think about, if somebody’s home really caught fireplace, if you consider the amount of cash, the quantity of claims, the reminiscences and the precise belongings the client has misplaced, really attempting to work that out and put them again to the place they have been at the start occurred.”
Such a transfer would convey him in a full circle, he says, again to when he was a travelling engineer, face-to-face with prospects.
Neither has any doubt concerning the worth of the scheme,
John says he would undoubtedly suggest it as an older individual, “acquiring the information as you undergo the job” to achieve formal .
Dominic says he bought what he wished when he determined to not go to school – on-the-job coaching “in the actual world, getting actual life expertise… a qualification… and a whole lot of development”.