Georgia Smith Recruitment & HR Manager
I have been at LPF over 2 years and started on an apprenticeship as I lacked some qualifications and experience. I started at LPF doing a Design NVQ but my skills set and knowledge slowly forged me in to an admin role. This has now developed in to a second apprenticeship where alongside my qualification my job role has developed to be part of the recruitment and HR team. I recently got prompted to HR Manager and I can’t wait to see what the next 12 months hold in store!
Sam Marshall Copywriter & Account Executive
I started working at LearnPlay not long after my successful interview having been unemployed for 2 years. I started my NVQ soon after and immediately began to learn the skills necessary to be an active and contributing member of the team. Through my NVQ, I have learned how to do undertake a number of key business functions and a wide plethora of other skills which I now use daily without thinking.
Although in my personal life I’m bit of a misfit, at least I know that when I come to work I can do my job well and be respected for it. I completed my NVQ and have commenced another one, in keeping with the company ethos of Continuous Professional Development.
I have recently been promoted and I am now a key member of the Design Team where I am the main copywriter for clients & campaigns as well as an Account Executive, which will lead to managing and overseeing client accounts on a daily basis.
Sadika Kabiri Head PA & HR Manager
I started my first apprenticeship with LearnPlay Foundation in October 2011. Originally, I undertook a Customer Service apprenticeship, however I felt this apprenticeship wasn’t for me, and soon decided I wanted to leave.
After I spoke to Ro and Simon about leaving, they offered to give me a trial run in the administrations side of the business as they felt I had good organisational skills as well as interpersonal skills. Immediately I loved it in Admin. I was shy at first but I enjoyed working within a professional environment. My first NVQ qualification was a Customer Service Level 2 and I gained a lot of knowledge from this as I was dealing with clients on a day to day basis therefore it embedded into my NVQ very well.
Once I finished my first qualification I moved onto Business Admin Level 2 NVQ. This was perfect for the role as not only did I gain knowledge from this but also expanded on my skills.
Five years on, I am a not only a permanent member but I am also part of the Senior Staff and I manage my own team of 6 as I have had various promotions. I am now the Head PA for the business on addition to being the HR Manager. I am using my skills daily and constantly improving my knowledge as I work hands on with a wide cross-section of clients as well as the Management Team. As a member of HR I have become more confident and feel able to take on any of the challenges put my way.
Tom Chance Age 17 : Learner & Work Placement
Before I came to LearnPlay, I was very quiet and in a bit of a rut. I didn’t socialise and I was pretty much stayed in my room 24/7. My time at LearnPlay has greatly helped my confidence and communication and helped me become more sociable. The 3 ASDAN awards that I have completed here have given me a real sense of achievement and the Expressive Arts Awards has taught me so many technical skills. I went on to do a placement with LearnPlay that has been so interesting and enjoyable. I have been out on deliveries with LearnPlay facilitators and helped other young people with their skills. The placement has provided me with so much and such good experience for my future. I’m really looking forward to progressing and becoming a LearnPlay facilitator in time.
I would recommend LearnPlay to everyone!
Jack Cook Age 19: Learner & Work Placement
I was very quiet and lacked confidence when I first came to LearnPlay. During my time here, my confidence has grown a lot and I have successfully completed 3 ASDAN Awards that helped me with my skills, confidence and communication. I also completed an Expressive Arts ASDAN which taught me a lot of specific technical skills related to games creation and development. I did a placement at LearnPlay, it was so much fun and very interesting, it showed me how I can build a career in games as well as good office and business skills.
LearnPlay is an amazing place and I would come in every day if I could!