Apprentice Stephanie helps to plug the skills gap

Apprentice Stephanie helps to plug the skills gap

10 May, 2016

22 year old Stephanie from Tyldesley attended Fred Longworth High School, where she secured 8 GCSEs grade A*-C in a range of traditional and creative subjects. On completion, Stephanie attended a local college to study AS levels but due to ill-health, she was unable to continue. Stephanie then began a BTEC in Business Studies, where she achieved a triple distinction. Like many academically able students, Stephanie was encouraged to apply to university via the UCAS process and received offers from all five of her choices. However, having enjoyed the practical side of her BTEC Stephanie decided that this was very much a path she would like to continue on, resulting in her rejecting her university offers in favour of an Apprenticeship. Stephanie applied to The Skills Company and successful secured her role with CM Solicitors in October 2015.


The sky seems to be the limit at HRGO!

The sky seems to be the limit at HRGO!

03 May, 2016

18 year old Jessica Martin from Bramhall attended Altrincham College of Arts in Timperley, where she secured seven GCSEs. Unhappy with her Maths and English grades, Jessica decided to enrol on a Pre-Apprenticeship with The Skills Company to improve her qualifications and attend a work experience placement.


Stylist, Colourist and Educator, Sarah heads to the top

Stylist, Colourist and Educator, Sarah heads to the top

29 Apr, 2016

Sarah Peace left school with very few GCSEs and decided to pursue a career in hairdressing from the age of 16. She undertook her level 2 with Saks Training Academy in her home town of Nottingham, before moving to Manchester five years ago. On arrival in Manchester, Sarah decided to take advantage of a then Government scheme, allowing those over the age of 26 to pursue a Level 3 qualification for the first time, as the Level 3 wasn’t available through the Saks Training Academy. Sarah was also keen to learn another way, as all of her previous training had been delivered the ‘Saks way.’


Apprentice Katie is a fully-fledged member of the team

Apprentice Katie is a fully-fledged member of the team

21 Apr, 2016

20 year old Katie Turnbull left school with an impressive 13 GCSEs grades A*-C, 2 A-levels at grade A and a further A-level at grade C. Like many students with clear academic ability, Katie was encouraged to follow the UCAS process and received offers from all six of the universities she applied to. However, Katie knew she wanted to follow a more practical route, finding the idea of university study somewhat unappealing.



2016 is looking to be a great year for Engineering Apprentice Daniel

2016 is looking to be a great year for Engineering Apprentice Daniel

03 Feb, 2016

After successfully completing his GCSEs, Daniel Ord from Lees in Oldham embarked on an A Level course at college. However, after a year, he decided that full time academic study wasn’t for him. 18 year old Daniel had always been interested in engineering, and decided to look for an opportunity to get practical experience as well as getting qualified. He researched a number of courses at local colleges and training providers, and eventually successfully applied to join the Engineering Pre- Apprenticeship course run by The Skills Company in partnership with Tameside College.


Case study: Leadership skills pay dividends for LVW

Case study: Leadership skills pay dividends for LVW

27 Jan, 2016

LVW Group is a supplier and distributor of automotive parts based in Birkenhead on the Wirral. The company was founded in 1946 as L.V Walsh and now employs around 100 staff at locations across Merseyside, North Wales and Shropshire. Many of the staff have been with the company for some time and have been promoted into supervisory or management positions from the shop floor.


Usman opts for vocational route to finance career

Usman opts for vocational route to finance career

20 Jan, 2016

Usman Zeb works as a Lead Support Officer in the Structuring and Execution department of the Commercial Division of Nationwide Building Society. Nationwide is the world’s largest building society, employing around 17,000 staff, and Usman is based at the Chapel Walks office in central Manchester.




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