Reanne – Study Programme

Twelve months ago Reanne couldn’t decide which direction her career should take.

But a four-month course with Training 2000 put her on track for success, and now she is hoping that she will one day fulfil her ambition to become a solicitor.

Reanne, 19, from Witton, Blackburn, lost motivation halfway through her A-levels and after gaining poor grades in her AS exams decided to reassess her future.

She said: “I heard about Training 2000 through my mum’s friend and went along for an interview to get on their Study Programme.

“I’d already passed my English and maths GCSE, so I was able to do the tests I was given and then I went in three days each week for four months. When I first started I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do. I was in a bad place and couldn’t see me having a future.”

As well as teaching Reanne about the job application and interview process, the course gave her time to reflect on what she really wanted to do and, once she had done this, to begin applying to local solicitors. “Study Programme helped me regain my motivation and decide on my future,” she said.

“I managed to get a work placement with Acklam Bond Solicitors in Accrington for eight weeks and at the end of that they offered me a job as a receptionist at the Blackburn office”.

“I’m so happy now. I love my new job and have a whole new lease of life and a fantastic future to look forward to. I can’t thank Training 2000 enough for believing in me when I had stopped believing in myself. ”

Kathryn Reddin, office manager at Acklam Bond, added: “Whilst on work experience with us Reanne learnt skills which enabled her to join our firm we hope that she can go on to progress further in our company.

Alex O’Connor, of Training 2000, concluded: “Throughout her eight-week placement Reanne demonstrated excellent employability skills, with 100% attendance. She also showed excellent attitude and commitment to learning by working five days a week a significant distance away from where she lives.

“Management felt that she was an ideal candidate for Apprenticeship and that is why they offered her a full-time role.”

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