Business student beats the odds

A STUDENT from Priestley College has beaten the odds to secure a degree apprenticeship with a leading food manufacturer.

Lauren Millington, who studies Business, English Language and Sociology, was chosen ahead of nearly 1,000 other young people for the role.

The former St Gregory’s RC High School pupil will now be working with the operations team at Greencore and completing a Management & Leadership degree. When she finishes she will have a Chartered Manager qualification and hopes to go on to a management role in a company.

“I got a phone call to tell me I had been successful and I was absolutely over the moon,” said Lauren.

“It meant so much to me as I had been planning on doing a degree apprenticeship for many years now, but I was aware of how competitive the programmes are so I had doubted whether I would have been able to get one.

“To hear that I was successful made me so proud of myself and made me realise that maybe I have underestimated my abilities.”

Greencore Group plc is a leading manufacturer of convenience foods. It supplies a wide range of chilled, frozen and ambient foods to some of the most successful retail and food service customers in the UK.

Lauren was told during the second stage of her interview that 1,000 people had applied and only 27 degree apprenticeships were being awarded across all five departments.

The 17-year-old said the role appealed to her as she had previous experience in the industry working as a catering assistant.

“It meant I was knowledgeable about practices and rules in this work environment and when I researched the company I found it was very reputable and treated its employees incredibly well,” she said.

Management, leadership and finance are just some aspects of Priestley’s Business A-Level course that prepare young people for success when they complete their studies.

Business Faculty Lead Tracy Croft said Lauren had always shown a natural flair for the subject.

She said: “I am amazingly proud of her achievement, which is well deserved.

“Lauren will be an asset to the organisation and I know she will go on to be extremely successful in her career.”

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