Healthy start for Kathryn

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KATHRYN Berrie gave her career the healthiest start possible – with an apprenticeship that has earned her qualifications and praise.

The 18-year-old from St Annes took an apprenticeship at RPL (UK) Limited, a leading UK manufacturer of health food supplements based in Bispham, as part of last year’s Future Generations campaign, backed by Beneast Training and The Gazette.

Kathryn (pictured), a former pupil of Lytham St Annes High School, not only achieved Key Skills and Level 2 qualification, she has now completed Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration with Beneast Training.

As a customer service co-ordinator, Kathryn works in sales department with a dedicated and experienced team.

Angela Keene, her supervisor, said “Kathryn has worked extremely hard during her apprenticeship and has developed valuable skills which have enabled her to make great progress within our organisation.

“Beneast tailored the training programme to suit our needs, which resulted in the delivery of specific learning and support enabling Kathryn to really meet her targets.”

Having achieved her Level 2 qualification, Kathryn embarked on her Advanced Apprenticeship, which she has now completed.

She said: “I’m somewhat disappointed that for the moment my programme has come to an end.

“I really enjoyed the visits by Beneast’s training assessor Duncan Woodworth as he made the learning much more fun and enjoyable.

“I’m hooked on the further development of my career and hope I’ll soon be returning to Beneast to continue learning.”

Future Generations is back this year with the aim of creating 100 apprenticeships in 100 days.

Apprentices can be a vital tool for companies in times of recession, with free training provided for the employee.

Businesses looking to take on an apprentice should visit this year’s Future Generations launch at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool on February 8.

The event is ticket-only, starting with a free lunch at 12.30pm. Register for your place by visiting the website