Alannah’s career gets a kick start

16 Sep 2016

Business School Featured Jobs/Apprenticeships

Alannah Kirby’s career is going from strength to strength thanks to training from St Helens Chamber.

The 20 year old from St Helens is currently completing her Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business Administration at West Lancashire Steel Services.

Having graduated from the Chamber’s six month Study Programme in Sales and Marketing, Alannah stepped straight into employment with the local steel company.

Alannah says: “The work experience I completed on the Study Programme helped prepare me for going straight into employment. This is my first full-time job and I’m really enjoying the work environment.”

Alannah helps keep the company running smoothly by working across administration, accounts and sales, and has impressed her employers with her hard work and dedication.

Christine Howie, Company Secretary, commented: “Alannah immediately blended in with the rest of the staff here, being popular with both office and warehouse personnel alike.

“We are proud to have her on our team. Nothing is too much trouble for Alannah as she tirelessly works each day, often taking on tasks outside her remit with enthusiasm.”

The opportunity to develop professionally while gaining qualifications was one of Alannah’s main reasons for choosing to train through St Helens Chamber.

She says: “I’m earning as well as learning. Personally I didn’t want to go to university and study for three or four years as you’re not guaranteed a job at the end of it.

“Now I have a full-time job whilst also gaining qualifications to help me progress.”

Both Alannah and Christine hope to see Alannah grow with the company beyond the completion of her Apprenticeship.

Christine says: “We hope that once Alannah has completed her current qualification with the Chamber, she will continue her studies and gain higher achievements within our organisation.”

For a limited period grants of up to £4000 are available to Merseyside businesses who have not recruited an Apprentice in the last six months.

For more information about recruiting an Apprentice through St Helens Chamber speak to the Workforce Development Team on 01744 742333 or visit the webpage.