Wednesday, August 10, 2016

News: Apprentice success at Magna

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Magna has appointed a former apprentice to the role of sales coordinator at the same time as taking on a new apprentice in the corporate team.

Set in the former Templeborough steelworks, Magna is a family attraction with more than 100 hands-on exhibits. Millions of pounds have been invested in conference facilities at the centre which is operated by a charity, the Magna Trust.

With an increasing demand for events, Molly May Charlesworth will now be responsible for helping with enquiries from those keen to hire Magna for meetings, exhibitions, awards ceremonies, conventions, concerts and weddings.

She has spent the previous 12 months at the venue on an intermediate apprenticeship in business administration, whilst studying with RNN Training - part of the RNN Group formed from the merger of Rotherham College and North Notts College.

Molly May, a former pupil at Horizon Community College in Barnsley (pictured), said: "The hands-on experience I have gained at Magna over the last year has been fantastic, and I’m excited to now take on more responsibility in this permanent role.

"I've always been keen to challenge the myth that apprentices are cheap labour, or people who fail their exams - and now I'm proof that apprenticeships can lead to really good things. I'm very grateful to the team at Magna for mentoring me and for now giving me this opportunity."

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Upcoming events include South Yorkshire in Business, Oktoberfest and the Yorkshire Wedding Fayre.

John Silker, chief executive at Magna, said: "It's been a great year so far for events at Magna, and as demand continues, we're sure that Molly will be an integral part of the team. Her work ethic is second to none, and I'm pleased we are able to take her on as a full time employee following her time with us as an apprentice."

Charlie Grayson, business development manager at RNN Training, added: "It's great to see Magna investing in home-grown talent and supporting young people in the region, and we're proud to work with them to place our students into apprenticeships. Molly May is another success story and we wish her all the best in her new role."

Magna currently has five apprentices, who are working towards qualifications in business administration, corporate events, electrics, technics and maintenance.

Bentley Stockley has joined the Rotherham-based visitor attraction on a Level Two Apprenticeship in Business Administration. He will work alongside the corporate team to learn on-the-job skills whilst studying with RNN Training.

Bentley, a former pupil at Swinton Community School (pictured), said: "I've been to Magna a number of times over the years as a visitor so it's exciting to now be working behind the scenes. It's lively and interesting and I'm already learning a lot, plus I've had great support from the team here."

Darren Percival, operations manager at Magna, added: "Bentley is settling in well and learning the ropes quickly, and we really appreciate the fresh ideas and enthusiasm that he and our other apprentices bring.

"Not all young people want to continue with full time education, so we're happy to be able to support those who want to pick up skills and experience alongside a qualification."

Magna website
RNN Group website

Images: Magna


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