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The Retreat Spa and Bistro

Yvonne Barlow from The Retreat Spa and Bistro put three of her staff through training programmes at Buxton & Leek College. She said:

“Like all our staff, Steph, Amy and Clare are naturally gifted in working with people and they help us to create the right welcoming and uplifting atmosphere here at The Retreat but, even when you have a natural talent, you can still gain from the right training and I feel that they have all progressed a lot and gained in confidence since they started their training courses.”

Greenways Primary School

Charlotte Brackstone, Deputy Headteacher at Greenways Primary School in Stockton Brook took on Childcare Apprentice Danielle Sims. Charlotte said:

“We have been happy to accommodate Danielle while she is training because she is mature enough to realise that things don’t always run smoothly. She’s so embedded into the life of the school here at Greenways that we have juggled the budget to offer her part time work as a classroom assistant to support her financially while she furthers her studies. We are keen to help her develop her teaching skills and really don’t want to lose her.”

Samuel Fox Inn

Apprentice Employer James Duckett from the Samuel Fox Inn in Hope Valley said:

“I think Apprenticeships are a great idea as, when students are studying in College, there can be a reality gap between what they learn and what actually happens in a working kitchen. I started out with a degree in hotel management but, if my son wanted to follow in my footsteps and become a chef, I would definitely recommend that he go down the Apprenticeship route.”

Craft Furniture

Nick Box at Craft Furniture in Leek, hired two Apprentices, Ben and Taylor, thanks to Buxton & Leek College. He said:

“I was impressed with Ben from the outset. He has a really brilliant work ethic and he was trained to a high standard through the College. The money I have spent employing him while he finished his training has been well worth it. I have been so impressed with him that I didn’t hesitate to turn to Buxton & Leek College again when the time came to expand. I now have a second Apprentice joiner, Taylor Golding, and would recommend the Apprenticeship scheme to any employer.”

Rocklee Care Home

Rocklee is a care home that offers a personal care approach to many specialist conditions related to mental health. Home Care Manager Jacqui Martin believes that training and development is the key to the success of her business. When Buxton & Leek College approached Jacqui in January 2014, with training opportunities focusing on catering Jacqui seized this opportunity as a chance to enrich her team’s existing knowledge and skills. After receiving information, advice and guidance from Janet Greener and Tracey Wainwright (industry experienced assessors), Jacqui took the decision to enrol five members of staff on to a Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery. The staff was able to work through the course without having to attend college, which provided the flexibility they required. To date five staff members have already completed the qualification and Jacqui is already planning how to build on what has been achieved by attending a one day course on Healthier Foods and Special Diets run by Buxton & Leek College.

Bibby Distribution

Paul Byrne, whose Bibby Distribution company employs a workforce of 3,500, said:

“950 of our drivers are aged over 50 and we are facing a real shortage of drivers in the future with a shortfall of 50,000 forecast by 2017. We need to recruit the right people and we are not proud of the fact that only 18% of our workforce has a Level 4 qualification or higher. The difference between the best driver and the average driver is around £3,000 a year in fuel efficiency so progressing skills in our industry is our biggest priority.”