From Apprentice to Full Time Staff

Leanne Glynn

Job Title: Trainee Traineeship Tutor

Apprenticeship: Business Admin Level 2, Business Admin Level 3, Business Admin Level 4

Leanne started her Apprenticeship journey working in the reception department here at Rochdale Training, and quickly became a valued member of Rochdale Training's team. Following on from completing her Level 2 qualification in Business Administration, she applied for a full-time position within the Business Admin department and has become an essential member of the team responsible for the day to day running of the department. Recently, Leanne has started her new role as a Traineeship Tutor, supporting candidates on their journey to progress onto an Apprenticeship.

Leanne applied for a role and started at Rochdale Training in April 2017 as the Receptionist. Whilst in Reception she completed her Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship and learnt many new skills while completing this which included: Communication, time management and organisation skills. After staying in Reception for 18 months, she progressed to the Business Department to complete her Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business Administration, which she passed with a Distinction. Following on from this success, she completed her Level 4 Diploma in Business Administration. While completing this Apprenticeship, she felt she was constantly looking back how far she had come from the shy girl who walked into Rochdale Training one day for an apprenticeship, to somebody who wanted to excel in everything she put my mind too. After completing her Level 4 qualification, she decided she wanted to go further and progress her skills more and challenge herself into taking on a Tutor role. At Rochdale Training we deliver a Traineeship course for 16–18-year-olds which Leanne is now teaching. 

Nathan Finn

Job Title: Recruitment Officer

Apprenticeship: Business Admin Level 3, Recruitment Level 4

Nathan’s role at Rochdale Training has changed significantly since starting at our training centre. He originally started out in a resourcing role supporting the former recruitment officer. Shortly after starting, Nathan got the opportunity to step up into the full Recruitment Officer role and has excelled ever since. In the 6 years he has been in his post, he has helped over 942 young people start their career as an Apprentice. He is now the key recruitment contact for some of Rochdale Training’s biggest contracts, including Rochdale Borough Council and Greater Manchester Police. 

Nathan chose an Apprenticeship because he could see the benefits of learning from industry experts who were doing the job role rather than sitting in a classroom. Nathan came for an interview at Rochdale Training, and never left! Throughout his Apprenticeship journey, Nathan felts like he learnt many skills. His confidence increased tenfold, he now deals with Rochdale Trainings most important employers, maintaining the strong relationships our company has built up over the last fifty years. Nathan can’t believe the skills he has now compared to when he started his Apprenticeship journey. Nathan certainly would recommend an Apprenticeship to any person that is capable; he even takes his business cards everywhere with him, as he believes you never know when you might meet the right candidate.

Amelia Hughes

Job Title: Marketing Administrator 

Apprenticeship: Business Admin Level 2

Amelia joined us in November 2019. She quickly picked up all aspects of her job role and was one of the first faces you saw if you come into Rochdale Training. Amelia has recently progressed into a full-time role with the Marketing Department and is currently in charge of booking H&S courses and supporting the Marketing department with Administration needs. In the short time she has worked in the Marketing Department, she has supported numerous career events, passing on her Apprenticeship knowledge to the next generation.

Amelia left school and thought that college was the best idea. She stayed at college for the social aspect, but after speaking with her friends who were currently Apprentices, they recommended that she followed the Apprenticeship route. Her confidence and independence are slowly increasing as part of her role with the Marketing team.

Lee Shackleton

Job Title: Contracts Manager

Apprenticeship: Customer Service Level 2, Admin Level 3, Management Level 5

Lee started his Apprenticeship here at Rochdale Training 17 years ago and has gone from the Apprentice Receptionist to one of the senior leaders. Throughout his time here, he has had many roles and has experienced many parts of the business. From Reception, helping with all IT issues, to coordinating and reporting the data, Rochdale Training must pass on to Government services.

Back when Lee first applied to Rochdale Training it was through the support of his family that solidified his choice of an Apprenticeship, he saw RTA’s advert in the paper and decided it would be worth a try to come in and interview. He knew that the Apprenticeship was ideal as he didn’t really have an interest in University, but was sure he wanted a qualification. The role at Rochdale Training interested him because he could see the potential opportunities within the training provider with direct access to tutors that would be teaching him on a day-to-day basis.

Lee feels that all his skills have increased due to the Apprenticeship Programmes that he has completed. He’s been able to approach any new situation with the skills he’s learnt.

Lee has stated that he would recommend the Apprentice programme to anybody, as it has been a brilliant career progression for him. From working in reception to senior manager in the 17 years he’s worked here.