Tanya’s on the right track
It’s not about where you start, it’s about where you’re heading.
And Admin Apprentice Tanya Clarke is heading for a great future after taking her opportunity with Pendleton Together.
The 22-year-old from Lower Kersall has by her own admission grown as a person and a potential employee in the six months she’s been with the company.
After coming out of school, she went to college but then after trying her hand at sales she found herself unemployed.
But after taking up an eight-week work placement, she got herself an apprenticeship she just hasn’t looked back.
“I never really liked school, but I really enjoyed college,” she said. “I wanted to work so when I got the placement here I was really pleased.
“I’ve learned so much and I love working here and all my colleagues are really great. Every day is different and I get to work in lots of different departments so it’s never boring.
“People have been really kind and very supportive and it’s given me a lot of confidence so get a full-time job in the future.”
Derek Wunderley, Neighbourhood Services Manager, was full of praise for Tanya and her progress.
He added: “She’s done incredibly well since she’s been with us. We have to keep reminding her just how far she’s come in a very short space of time.
“She’s taken her opportunity and has excelled in whatever she’s had to do. She’s helped to improve our customer block inspection process, which has allowed us to iron out some blockages and improve performance.
“She just needed someone to show some belief in her and she’s come on in leaps and bounds. She’s an absolute credit to herself and our apprenticeship programme.
“We’re trying to give her the best possible chance to get a job, whether with us or another employer, and she’s making the most of the chance she’s got.”
As well as learning at work, she’s also learned to drive and is going to college to study for her NVQ Level 2 Business Admin.
And she’s encouraging more people who were in her position to give it a chance.
“It’s been fantastic for me and I’d definitely tell people to give the work placement a chance. It’s worked out very well for me and can for other people as well.”