From Apprenticeship to Business Owner

April Alabi is a former learner who completed a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management. Here she talks about her experience in taking the qualification and how it has helped her grow in confidence

APRIL:

After studying catering and hospitality supervision in sixth form, my love for food grew even more and I also gained a passion for event planning. After leaving sixth form I spent a year at university studying Events Management but I didn’t seem to be able to connect with the course and found it very hard and so decided to leave.

I started working for a tearoom as a cook and tearoom supervisor with the opportunity to become manager one day, and this is how I started my apprenticeship in leadership and management. If I am honest I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to enjoy this course let alone finish it, but a year later I had completed the course and had enjoyed every minute of it.

I have never been a very book smart person and have always enjoyed the practical side of learning, so this apprenticeship was perfect for me. The assignments covered so many different areas, some that I knew about and others that I wouldn’t have even thought would be relevant. My tutor was a great support to me and I felt that no question was too silly to ask. Straight A made learning so easy for me. After a year studying and passing this course I felt so much more confident with my leaderships skills which I had struggled with in the past.

In 2015 I decided to take the plunge and start my own company and I know that without the help from this course, Straight A and my tutor I would never have had the confidence to do this. I now run my own outside catering company called “Aprils Kitchen”. From a very young age I have always loved cooking and I am thrilled that what used to be a hobby for me is now my job.

www.aprilskitchen.net