From Apprentice to Appointment

22 June 2017

Yorkshire based fabricator Conservatory Outlet Ltd has appointed its ambitious Business Administration apprentice in a full time permanent role. 

Shona Thompson, who began her apprenticeship at Conservatory Outlet in March 2016, has deservedly achieved a permanent role in the company’s order processing department after successfully completing her Intermediate Apprenticeship Certificate in Business Administration - Business Skills Sector.

Over the next five years, Conservatory Outlet has ambitious plans to invest further in both the infrastructure and the skills of its workforce to support its rapid growth.  Currently employing 135 people at its 60,000 sq ft facility in Wakefield, the company recognises that an enhanced recruitment, training and apprenticeship programme will ensure it is best placed to take advantage of new business opportunities in untapped areas of the UK, as well as retaining its core Network of 24 retailers.

Shona applied for the apprenticeship in the hope of securing full time employment, and began her Apprenticeship qualification whilst working with Conservatory Outlet.  Her core modules included Communication in a Business Environment, Principles of Providing Administrative Services, Understanding Employer Organisations and Store & Retrieve Information, which have given Shona a solid grounding in interacting directly with major customers on a daily basis.

Shona, now officially employed as ‘Roof Order Processor’ explains:

“I started out looking for full term employment and the apprenticeship scheme offered with Conservatory Outlet was a great alternative to my other options. It allowed me to work full time whilst gaining a well-recognised qualification. 

“The support I received from my employers was great too; it was so helpful to be able to apply my real life working situations to my assignments and gain valuable experience at the same time. This is just the beginning though, I’d love to work my way even further up the company!”

Michael Giscombe, Managing Director at Conservatory Outlet Ltd added

“Apprentices are a vital part of our future priorities as a business, and the investment in people helps us to ensure we are equipped to manage future growth, all whilst supporting individuals on their own career development.

“Our apprentice schemes run as part of our growth strategy, as part of this we recognise the long-term importance of investing in our future workforce. Too often businesses see people development as a cost rather than an investment, but combining on the job learning with career development for Shona has proven to be mutually beneficial.

“Shona has worked really hard over the past year to pass this qualification, in that time she has also become a valued member of the Conservatory Outlet team, we’ve been really impressed with her energy and tenacity towards the role as well as her coursework.  We’d like to offer our congratulations to Shona for her achievements and wish her well for her long-term employment at the company“.