Apprentices stride through footwear college course
THE first apprentices to take new qualifications in footwear repair at a South Gloucestershire college have passed them with flying colours.
Chloe Beames, 18, and Josh Muir, 19, took qualifications aimed at the footwear repair and multi-services sector at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College in Filton.
They completed their qualifications while working as apprentices with Can Do 4 You, a growing business operating out of five outlets across Somerset.
Sharon McKechnie, Can Do 4 You's commercial director, said: "Finding an apprenticeship provider that could help us to put together such a specialist programme was initially a real challenge.
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"There are such a wide variety of skills required from stitching and operating machinery to customer care."
South Gloucestershire & Stroud College offered the qualifications after working closely with the Multi-Service Association, ABC Awards and Skillset.
According to Can Do 4 You, the pair are already showing their potential.
Chloe is increasingly taking more responsibility and is often responsible for the operation within the shop in Taunton, the firm says, while Josh is becoming a very accomplished craftsman and is developing advanced skills in stitching and footwear repair.
Tom Beasley, director of business development at the college, said: "This has been an exciting project for us, working in a sector that last trained apprentices twenty five years ago.
"It's great to see how apprentices can so positively impact a business and what they can achieve with the right employer."