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Debbie Pratt

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Meet Debbie Pratt who is based at East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Worklink in Cottingham as a Senior Employment Officer. They offer work-based employment/training and supported employment/training.

Debbie first completed her Advanced Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care through Selby College and then progressed on to a Higher Level 5 Apprenticeship in Care Leadership for Health & Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services which she completed in January.

Debbie said: "I would recommend anyone if they get the chance to definitely study and improve your knowledge, you're never too old and always learning! It was very rewarding, I have always had the help of my assessor who is very approachable and very supportive".

Allie Cook


Allie took the initiative to pro-actively hand out her CV to Estate Agents looking for work, it was only through gathering the information she needed from Selby College about the Apprenticeships on offer that she managed to secure a place at successful local business Keith Taylor Estate Agents.

Now a valued member of the Keith Taylor team, Allie said “I decided I wanted to work in an Estate Agents because, as strange as it sounds, I’ve always had an interest in houses! After mentioning the possibility of an Apprenticeship to Keith Taylor, they got in touch and Selby College helped me get the ball rolling. Thanks to their help, I can honestly say it was the best decision I ever made.” Allie hopes her Apprenticeship will give her the skills and experience she needs to complete her course and become a professional within the industry.

Luke Rippon & Corey Harrison

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Selby College students Luke Rippon and Corey Harrison were first introduced to Britvic’s Bramley factory in Leeds as part of a new work experience pilot for 2015 targeting local college engineering departments for appropriate gifted and talented BTEC students.

As an Engineering Centre of Excellence, Selby College’s Powerskills UK brand is dedicated to working closely with local, regional, national and international Power, Engineering and Construction employers to design and deliver training solutions that meet their specific needs.

The former Barlby High School and Holy Family Catholic High School students, both 18-years-old, were selected as candidates for the scheme by the Engineering department and were invited to Britvic for a period of two weeks’ work experience in June 2015, where they worked with the Engineering Team at Leeds to gain an insight into the day-to-day responsibilities of a Production Engineer. Luke and Corey were also given some basic Engineering tasks to carry out so they could develop their skills and knowledge.

Both students presented themselves well and were very enthusiastic from the start of the placement and were keen to make the most of their opportunity. They were able to develop a mature relationship with both Engineers and the Operations department and also plan and complete work to a good standard with minimal supervision.

Having spent a happy and successful two weeks on work experience, Luke and Corey decided to apply for an Apprentice position at Britvic Leeds and both were successful due to their proven interest and commitment shown during their work experience and the manner in which they approached the Apprentice Assessment process.

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