Despite Claudia’s favourite football team facing relegation, this 18-year-old Sunderland girl now knows her future is bright, as she climbs into the premier league of jobs thanks to training employer JB Skills Training.

Having started a qualification on leaving school to follow a career in fashion, Claudia Bradford soon realised her prospects were going to be limited. And so Claudia applied to undertake an apprenticeship at JB Skills Training in Business Administration Level 3.

Over the last 12 months Claudia has worked as part of the administration team at JB Skills HQ in the Software Centre, and has been fully supported through studying for her qualification. She has now been taken on in a full time role as compliance offer. Claudia, however, wants to climb the ladder at the award winning training company that supplies bespoke training packages for employers and individuals, function skills courses and apprenticeships. She said:

“When I left school at 16 with my GCSE’s I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Having made a false start into fashion, I then spotted the opportunity with JB Skills and now have a realistic and exciting career path all lined up. I’m delighted to have passed my qualifications and have a full time job, but now I want to train to be a team leader within the company, so I will be starting that qualification soon.

“The best part about getting this permanent job is the team here. I would have hated leaving after my 12 months training – they are so supportive, it’s a nice environment and whilst we work really hard, we also have lots of fun.”

As compliance officer Claudia carries the responsible role of ensuring that paperwork is ship shape for learners of all calibers from across the UK who are embarking on courses. The work is varied and busy, as JB Skills has trained nearly 2000 people in just under three years, working with a whole host of funders and partners who each have their own paperwork.

Dave Macmillan, managing director at JB Skills said:

“Claudia is like a breath of fresh air. She came in determined to do well, worked hard and integrated herself into the team. I have often actually forgotten that she was an apprentice over the last 12 months, so it is a well-deserved full time role that she has secured. We are confident she has what it takes to be a team leader and will support her fully through her next studies.”

More information about jobs and apprenticeships with JB Skills, or about training courses and apprenticeships elsewhere, can be found at www.jb-skillstraining.co.uk or by calling 0191 510 5519.