As National Apprenticeship Week comes to a close, the largest public sector buying organisation, YPO, has revealed that two of their apprentices have been appointed as category buyer and further competition coordinator for HR Services
Charlotte Kennett (pictured) joined YPO back in 2013 when she was just 16 and wanted to start her working career early. She felt that a more hands-on approach to learning was better for her, based on previous work experience, and she couldn’t wait to get stuck into working life.
Fast-forward six years and Charlotte has gone from starting out as a YPO apprentice, to climbing the ladder and reaching her current position as category buyer for HR Services. She now works with Lizzy Grayson to manage the YPO apprenticeships and associated training frameworks.
Colleague, Ebony Armitage, studied for three A levels prior to joining YPO as an apprentice – business studies, psychology and English language. Ebony knew that she wanted to develop a career within the field of business, but she wasn’t initially sure on what route to take – an apprenticeship or go to university. After further research, Ebony decided that on the job learning, rather than continuous studying, would be a refreshing change. Within just six months Ebony progressed from apprentice to further competition coordinator.
Lizzy Grayson, category manager for HR Services, said, “I feel very proud to have worked with both Charlotte and Ebony as apprentices and then been able to provide permanent roles within my team. Both have shown a real commitment and desire to transition from a school environment to the responsibilities of working within a large public sector organisation.
“Through their recruitment we’ve not only provided a platform for them to progress their career, but their involvement in the YPO apprenticeship framework means that they are supporting the next generation of apprentices by connecting public sector audiences with relevant suppliers.”