6 November 2018
A picture of From apprentice to first-class graduate for Worcester employee

A Worcester resident is celebrating her successful career journey from apprentice to first-class graduate thanks to the support of one of the city’s largest employers.

Jade King, who works for Worcester-based Sanctuary Group as an executive personal assistant (PA), has graduated with a first-class honours degree in business.

The 26-year-old started at Sanctuary in August 2011 on a business and administration apprenticeship in the Group’s finance department. From there, she developed her skills and alongside her day-to-day role successfully studied and completed NVQ qualifications at levels two and three.

Jade said: “I had lots of assistance during my apprenticeship, as Sanctuary provided me with opportunities to use and demonstrate the skills I needed to complete the programme.”

Following completion of her apprenticeship, Jade was keen to continue her development and enhance her skill-set further. She applied for a job providing admin support to the Group’s executive function in May 2012, and was thrilled when she secured the position. She began her current role of executive PA in March 2016.

Still eager to further herself, with Sanctuary’s support Jade completed a foundation degree in business with accounting over four years, studying part-time at Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW) through the University of Worcester.

This year, Jade undertook further studies converting her qualification to a full degree at HoW College, graduating with first-class honours.

Jade juggled studying for her degree with a full-time job and credits Sanctuary with helping her to achieve the top-level qualification. She commented: “Without the support I had at work, completing my degree would have been much more difficult.

“Sanctuary were really flexible in allowing me study time when I needed it, as well as access to internal resources.”

Nicole Seymour, Group Director - Corporate Services, added: “We are all very proud of Jade’s achievements; earning a first-class degree while working full-time is a wonderful achievement.

“We are committed to supporting staff so they can develop new skills, acquire qualifications and add further value to the business. I think I speak for everyone at Sanctuary in offering Jade our congratulations, and look forward to seeing what’s next for her career with us.”