Team Kenobi is very excited to announce that we have welcomed our first ever apprentices!
Full of ideas and raring to go, 18-year-old Sam Terry from Wardle and 19-year-old Grace Madeley from Stubbins, have joined the team as Junior Account Managers on our 12-month apprenticeship scheme. The new recruits will be mentored by and work closely alongside Managing Director Glen Taylor as they develop their knowledge and experience of the products and the industry.
Sam has recently completed two years at RochdaleSixth Form, gaining her A-levels last week.
Sam applied for Kenobi’s apprenticeship scheme as she knew it was the best way for her to pursue and develop her interest in Sales. She won us over during her interview – in what can sometimes be a formal and daunting process, Sam was able to chat to us with ease, and instantly made us feel relaxed.
Sam told us: “It was just over a month between the date I applied and the date I started. Throughout the process, the communication was great, and I think that set the tone of what a fantastic company this would be to work for.
“I am already really enjoying the learning process and my skillset has developed massively. I can’t wait until the day where I lead the customer through the entire buying journey and win my first sale.”
After attending Bury College for a year and gaining qualifications in Hair and Beauty, Grace decided to take a year out to work and get some hands-on experience. Grace tried her hand at hospitality but was keen to move in a different direction and take on a fresh challenge in a new environment.
Now more than ever, the hunt for a first full time job could have been a very daunting and scary process. Luckily for us, Grace didn’t let that stop her and brought her enthusiasm and eager attitude to her interview, bagging her the position.
“I’m a very sociable person so I am really enjoying building relationships with the clients and developing my skills. Even though I am only a few weeks into this job, I already feel like the work I have been doing is recognised and valued by other members of the team and is actually contributing to the development of Kenobi itself,” Grace said.
Mentoring and working with apprentices is a first for Managing Director Glen.
“With both Sam and Grace, I knew instantly that they would fit right in with the Kenobi team. For the past three weeks we have been working closely together and figuring out exactly how to develop their existing skills and build new ones. Given that we have not had apprentices before, I couldn’t have asked for two better people to fill the roles.
“As this is both girls first experience of a full-time job, I am excited to mentor and support the girls in order for them to develop with and grow alongside Kenobi.”