"I started as a new team manager, and the day I started I was told that I was going to have a GROW trainee. I thought that Thames Reach had gone absolutely gone crazy and that it was too soon to start doing this sort of thing.
"In other organisations I have worked for they had tried to do a similar thing and had failed absolutely miserably in most circumstances. So when I first heard that this was going to happen in my team, I was really worried about how it was going to affect my team and how it was going to affect me coming in as a new manager.
"But I didn’t know then that the trainees would have all the enormous back-up and support that was provided by the GROW programme."
John Barker, team manager