Success Stories

Debbie Pratt

Meet Debbie Pratt who is based at East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Worklink in Cottingham as a Senior Employment Officer. They offer work-based employment/training and supported employment/training.

Debbie first completed her Advanced Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care through Selby College and then progressed on to a Higher Level 5 Apprenticeship in Care Leadership for Health & Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services which she completed in January.

Debbie said: "I would recommend anyone if they get the chance to definitely study and improve your knowledge, you're never too old and always learning! It was very rewarding, I have always had the help of my assessor who is very approachable and very supportive".



Curtis Heron

Curtis Heron, aged 16, was originally on a full-time Catering course at Selby College. He loved the practical side of the course and wanted to develop his skills further.

He then approached Selby College Business Services who organised for him to have an interview with Abbey House – a new Modern English Cuisine restaurant in Selby that opened in November 2015.

Curtis is now doing his Intermediate Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery (18 month programme) with Abbey House and is producing some fantastic dishes working alongside Chefs Lee and Jamie.

When his assessor Tim came in, he did a bread-making workshop with Curtis preparing different doughs, bread rolls and loaves for the evening’s service.

He’s really enjoying his Apprenticeship and the work-based training approach. 


Allie Cook

Allie took the initiative to pro-actively hand out her CV to Estate Agents looking for work, it was only through gathering the information she needed from Selby College about the Apprenticeships on offer that she managed to secure a place at successful local business Keith Taylor Estate Agents.

Now a valued member of the Keith Taylor team, Allie said “I decided I wanted to work in an Estate Agents because, as strange as it sounds, I’ve always had an interest in houses! After mentioning the possibility of an Apprenticeship to Keith Taylor, they got in touch and Selby College helped me get the ball rolling. Thanks to their help, I can honestly say it was the best decision I ever made.”  Allie hopes her Apprenticeship will give her the skills and experience she needs to complete her course and become a professional within the industry.