Opening up new options for Katie

Opening up new options for Katie

Posted by Rob Tickle |  27th March 2017

A partnership between Rathbone Training and Preston City Council has helped a 17 year old from Preston to progress her career ambitions.

Katie Sandham has completed a six week work placement with the council’s Community Engagement Team as part of the European Social Fund (ESF) funded work based learning opportunities Rathbone Training runs across Lancashire with a diverse range of employers.

“I gained a lot of knowledge from the work placement. I also gained confidence and communication skills,” said Katie.

The placement involved a range of business administration experience including typing up minutes and other documents, creating posters and attending meetings and various work clubs in Lancashire including one with older people who struggle to use the computers or needed questions answering.

“Katie was quiet when she first came but it didn’t take her long to gain confidence and help out with all the team, taking on work from all areas with reliability and attention to detail,” said Jackie Singleton, from Preston City Council’s Community Engagement Division.

Katie secured the opportunity with the council having completed an employability course with Rathbone Training. This helped to boost her English and Maths as well as developing her health and wellbeing knowledge and skills such as interview technique and CV writing.

“With the help of Rathbone Training I will now be starting a traineeship in business administration which I hope will lead to an apprenticeship in May,” said Katie.

Rathbone Training is part of NCG, one of the UK’s leading education and training providers which aims to support its customers to unlock their potential through learning.

Rathbone Training has centres across England, Scotland and Wales and last year supported over 10,000 young people across the UK.

If you would like more information on the services provided by Rathbone Training’s new centre in Preston, please contact Alicia Yates, Rathbone Training’s Programme Co-Ordinator in Preston, by telephone: 07824355987 or email: