They say the proof is in the pudding, well for one of our employees, dessert is served extra sweet! Jacob Telemacque joined Kings Security as an apprentice back in November 2012, aged 18, after being asked to leave school with no qualifications, at the tender age of 15.
Ever resourceful, Jacob landed himself a Saturday job at a kitchen and bathroom showroom, where he assisted with the development of its new website.
Soon after, he was offered a full time role as a Sales & Administration Assistant, until the company went into liquidation in October 2012. Once again, Jacob was left with no secure future and wondering what to do next. Jacob then turned to Bradford-based City Training Services, who help young people in apprenticeship programmes around Yorkshire.
The rest, they say, is history. Jacob started as a Kings Apprentice Fleet Assistant, dealing with fines and penalty charge notices, speed alerts and general admin duties. He joined the Kings Apprentice programme, completing his NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration, only 18 months after joining the Kings family.
Fast forward to today. Jacob, who turns 22 next month (February), is an inspiration to us all. After being given the chance to take an Institute of Car Fleet Management (ICFM) qualification when the existing Fleet Manager left her role, Jacob jumped at the chance. It was a hard journey, studying five modules, most of which was mainly done through distance learning. Jacob explains: “It’s been amazing. The whole experience has not only broadened my knowledge within the fleet industry, it has changed me as a person too. “I knew nothing about the fleet industry prior to joining Kings, or even the security industry. I have had such fantastic support from Jolene Taylor, Kings Security Head of Learning & Development and Steve Evans, Kings Security COO, who acted as my mentor. “I am so grateful for the opportunity & faith Kings had in me to give me such a big responsibility at such a young age. I know I still have a lot to learn within Fleet but the ICFM is a primary part of my ongoing professional qualification in Fleet Management – this is just the beginning for me! Kings has supported me through it all. It really is one big family.”
Today Jacob manages a fleet of over 330 vehicles and has taken on his own apprentice, as well as finding the time to re-write the Kings Fleet Handbook. He has made his mark, including renegotiating contracts and reducing Kings operational costs on fuel cards. Next up for Jacob? Well he wants to continue his learning and has enrolled on a Leadership and Management course. Steve Evans adds: “What a brilliant achievement. This is exactly why we as a company invest so heavily in training our people. Jacob is a pleasure to work with and it’s been a personal pleasure to watch him grow into the man he is today. Well done Jake.”