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Student styles career with Apprenticeship

September 1, 2014

A former retail Apprentice from West Cheshire College is celebrating after being promoted to Assistant Manager at Regatta, Cheshire Oaks after completing her training.

Sian Wainwright, 26, from Ellesmere Port completed an Apprenticeship in Visual Merchandising whilst working as a Supervisor at the store and the training gave her the right skills and experience to be promoted to management.

Sian said: “I chose to do an Apprenticeship as I wanted to improve my skills and gain a qualification whilst in my current role.

“When I heard about the Apprenticeship scheme, I thought it was a fantastic idea as I could get a qualification whilst continuing with my existing job.

“The Apprenticeship helped me to build up my current skills that I use every day and refreshed my English and Maths knowledge which I hadn’t covered since GCSE.

“I had a tutor that came into the store to observe me and I could easily fit the requirements of the Apprenticeship around my job.

“The Apprenticeship really helped me to improve in my role and increased my attention to detail which has led to my promotion.”

Jo Williams, Fashion Retail Programme Leader at West Cheshire College, said: “The Apprenticeship schemes are excellent for students to attain the exact experience they need to go into the straight into the industry they want to work in.

“Sian has shown that Apprenticeships can also be used by people already in a role to improve their skills and help them progress in their career.

“We are thrilled with Sian’s achievements as she was so enthusiastic and worked extremely hard throughout the Apprenticeship. She really deserves this promotion.”

West Cheshire College is holding drop in sessions at their Ellesmere Port Campus for people looking for their next steps on 21st August. People still have the opportunity to enrol now for a range of Apprenticeships, vocational courses and A Level courses starting in September.

For more information about Apprenticeships or courses at West Cheshire College call 01244 656555 or visit

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