From Apprentice to Administration and Finance Officer in just one year

MANCHESTER apprentice Johnathon Kynaston has been appointed to administration and finance officer of city based company Phagenesis just one year after starting work at the company.

The 17-year-old has secured this new permanent position following a successful apprenticeship placement by national training provider Positive Outcomes, which specialises in work-based training and apprenticeships. Johnathon is now responsible for a range of areas within the company, handling both office and clinical sectors of the business.

Positive Outcomes training advisor Melissa Cribben worked with Johnathon throughout his training.

She said: “With changes in the age of school leavers, I can see only further growth for apprenticeships. Johnathon is a great example of how beneficial apprentices can be to employers and to those taking them.

“I gave Johnathon the confidence to complete the work and supported him throughout, all the rest he did himself.”

Talking about his time with Phagenesis, Johnathon said he enjoyed working for the company.

He said: “I joined the company nearly a year ago now, but it does not feel like a year at all – I’ve learnt lots of new things and thoroughly enjoyed it in the process. I’m just thrilled that I am now a fully-fledged member of the team, and I cannot wait to continue progressing in my career with Phagenesis.

The apprenticeship was a fantastic opportunity and one that I have benefited greatly from. My advice to others is to seriously consider an apprenticeship – they’re extremely useful as you can learn just as much as you could at college yet you’re gaining work-experience and applying the skills learnt within a work environment.

Johnathon’s trainee officer at Phagenesis Caroline Clayton, who started out as an apprentice herself,  worked alongside Johnathon every step of the way – she said: “Johnathon joined Phagenesis straight from school with very little work experience and immediately took on a number of specific responsibilities such as IT, office and clinical administration. He immediately became a highly valued member of the team and we have all been impressed by his development over the past year. I would wholeheartedly recommend Positive Outcomes and the apprenticeship programme. I personally think that apprenticeships are a great way into the working world.”

Positive Outcomes’ chief executive officer, Chris Longmate, added: “Johnathon is a brilliant example of what can be achieved once enrolled onto a Positive Outcomes apprenticeship. We are all very proud of his success and can’t wait to see how he develops on from here. Apprenticeships are working and Johnathon proves that.”

Johnathon started his apprenticeship just two weeks after completing his GSCE’s at the Droylsden Academy. His progression and training highlight the impact which apprenticeship schemes are having in Manchester and across the country.