Apprentices scoop top grades on 'earn while you learn' course

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Two apprentices who completed an 18-month course while learning the PR ropes at a leading marketing company have passed with the highest grades possible.


Jade Ling, 19, and Chelsea Debnam, 20, were both awarded distinction in their Business Administration Standard Level 3 while training at Prominent PR in Felixstowe.

Both girls have praised the accreditation which helped them “earn and learn” at the same time and have become instrumental in championing alternative routes into the workplace at events and career talks in and around the East of England.

Chelsea, who left college after completing A-levels in fine art, applied science and psychology, said she was “not cut out for university” and couldn’t wait to get stuck in.

“There have been many benefits to taking part in an apprenticeship scheme,” she said. “The main one is that I have been able to continue learning while working.

“Another benefit is that I have been taught by experts, so I know I am doing things the most effective way. I have also been able to put what I’ve been taught into action – with all the benefits that come with hands on learning.

“Since I first walked into the office 18 months ago, no two days have ever been the same. But there has been one constant – not a day has gone by where I haven’t learnt something new or developed a new skill.”

Jade Ling, who also has a level three diploma in Media Studies and is working towards her black belt in karate, said she has always thrived when faced with new challenges.

Since working at Prominent she has run the communications delivery for an election, helped stage a street party for an award-winning town, reported on planning committees and taken over management of numerous social media accounts.

She was also highly commended as a Green Hero for the county after being nominated as a recycling champion and most recently, achieved the highest marks in the press release delivery section of the East of England Local Government Association Apprenticeship Challenge.

She said: “I started reception at age three, school at five and finally left education at 17 but I’ve learnt more working at Prominent than I did in the 14 years I was sat in a classroom.

“Thanks to a host of opportunities, the nurturing of an incredible team and constant mentoring, I’m raring to go and ready for whatever challenge gets thrown my way.”

Both Jade and Chelsea have been offered – and have accepted – full time jobs at Prominent as PR Executives.

Helen Rudd, managing director of the company, said: “Jade and Chelsea have become valuable assets to the business and injected our team with real energy, enthusiasm and an eagerness to please – as well as a smattering of teen-speak that regularly has had us in fits of giggles.

“Their youth and therefore their knowledge and understanding of the younger generation up-and-coming trends and the teen market has been incredibly beneficial to many of our clients who are targeting that demographic.

“But they also add a new perspective and fresh eyes to some of our other client work too – and they have rapidly become a reliable and respected part of our delivery teams on some of our biggest accounts.

“We are incredibly proud of them and thrilled that they continue to be part of the Prominent family.”

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