Success Stories: Meet our Business Management learners

Our ILM accredited Level 5 Business Management programme is designed to boost professional development by enhancing essential skills and knowledge for those already at management level or for those hoping to enter management. Find out more about the benefits of the programme from a couple of our lovely learners below!

Ruth Kennett
“I’m currently working as Service Support Officer and wanted to achieve the Level 5 qualification as I hope to go into Management in the future. The programme has taught me that a management role is multi-faceted– it’s not just managing people. The teaching is good and we have covered a variety of modules including finance, project management, inspiring leadership and self-awareness. After the sessions at Skills Group, I feel confident completing my assignments.”

Sarah Berry
“I am currently a Manager and had been looking for a course to gain a qualification and consolidate my experience. The Skills Group programme fitted in with my work role and schedule. The programme has helped to deepen and refresh my knowledge and understanding of management. I appreciate the time to reflect on working practices; what works well and what could be done differently, and I am able to put this into action in my workplace. The teaching at Skills Group is engaging with a variety of techniques led by knowledgeable trainers, and the assignments help to embed new knowledge.”

Read more about our Level 5 Business Management programme here

I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School