Sarah – Business Administration

A 26-year-old former apprentice from Blackpool is chasing the sweet taste of success after completing an Apprenticeship in Business Administration with Training 2000.

Sarah and her mum, Karen, a trained cake decorator, have joined forces to launch Karah’s Kakes, offering the finest in cake artistry.

Sarah, who works as a recruitment consultant, has a strong background in sales, but decided to undertake an Apprenticeship to help her develop her administration skills.

Now, 12 months down the line, Sarah has completed the qualification and has the skills and confidence to follow her ambition to run her own business. Sarah recently marked her 26th birthday and spent the weekend posting flyers to promote her business, which is opening on 1st June on Waterloo Road.

“My mum has been decorating cakes from our home for the last eleven years and she’s been so busy lately, we felt that now is the time to take the plunge,” said Sarah.

“I had never been very good at planning my workload and my organisation skills left a lot to be desired, but that’s all changed thanks to my Apprenticeship.

“I’m much better at gathering and analysing information and the course has really opened up my eyes to the opportunities out there.

“I’m much more confident now and I wouldn’t have been able to write the business plan for Karah’s Kakes had it not been for the things I have learnt in my Apprenticeship.”

With big plans to establish the ‘John Lewis’ of cake artistry, Sarah believes the business will provide something which is lacking in the resort.

She continues: “We’re both really excited and can’t wait to get cracking. We’ve had a lot of forward orders and, although I am nervous, I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a great feeling to be getting this business off the ground.”

During her Apprenticeship Sarah was supported by Gillian Sloane, career development advisor at Training 2000. She said: “It has been my pleasure to support Sarah in finishing her Apprenticeship with us. She has all of the qualities and determination to be a successful business woman, and I wish her every success.

“Sarah has plans to recruit her own apprentice in the coming months, which is fabulous and illustrates how worthwhile investing in training can be and we’d like to wish her well with her new and exciting venture.”

 

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