Training group’s success at home

Becky Kelly (right) and Caroline Haigh

Becky Kelly (right) and Caroline Haigh

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Becky Kelly decided she’d had enough of bar work in Majorca.

She wanted a new start back home in Blackpool – and an apprenticeship seemed just the perfect opportunity.

Becky, 21, of Poulton, went to the JobCentre website and applied for an apprenticeship in business and administration.

She not only secured a place for a year but also it was with the company which also ran the apprenticeship programme, PHX Training, which has offices in Blackpool.

Now, a year on, she is a fully-fledged member of staff – and mentoring another learner onto the apprenticeship programme Caroline Haigh, who is following in Becky’s footsteps.

Becky said: “It’s all worked out great for me. I enjoy my job, I work with great people and we’re that busy that we needed to take on another administrator. I was a bit unsure what to do at first but once I knew where to go on the internet then everything else took its course. I wanted to get back on the career ladder and this was a perfect way of doing that. I would recommend it to anyone.”

Becky covered English, IT and Maths in her business and administration Level 3 apprenticeship.

Dan Scott, managing director of PHX Training, said: “We’ve proved that our own training works on our own staff. Becky is a model of how this should work.

“We have got a new employee who adds value to the business as she moves back into employment and can look forward to a fruitful career for the future.”

Businesses in the region can apply for funding up to £1,500 for an apprentice who undergoes a 13-week course in core skills including customer service, business administration and team leadership.

“This is a great opportunity to grow their business and employ a young person while receiving financial help at the same time,” added Dan.

PHX Training has a 50-strong team of trainers in the region.