A piece in today’s Times:
At the age of 76, Bob Bryce could be forgiven for putting his feet up. Instead, he is completing an apprenticeship, more than 60 years after leaving school.
He is thought to be the country’s oldest apprentice and he has also had to adapt to learning online because of the pandemic.
Bryce is a passenger host, or ticket inspector, and team leader on Govia Thameslink Railway, based in Luton, Bedfordshire. To boost his leadership skills he has started a level 3 supervisor apprenticeship. The qualification is equivalent to an A-level.
Before joining the railways in 1999 he held jobs in a garden nursery and a printworks. He said of his current role: “It’s the best job I’ve ever had, which is why I want to keep working as long as possible.
“I’m on the home straight now with just one exam left to go. I think I must be the oldest apprentice in the UK. I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn new things at my age.” Bryce said that his wife was happy for him to keep working as it kept him out of the house. [J4MB emphasis]
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