A 16-year-old Birmingham girl who left school with no qualifications, impressed bosses at one of the world’s best-known restaurant chains and landed her dream job after getting help from training and employment experts.
Chelsea Barber, is one of two people who participated on youth-based programmes with APM who have been snapped up by the peri peri chicken restaurant chain Nando’s.
The teenager signed up for a skills programme to gain maths and English qualifications. She then grabbed her opportunity to impress when Nando’s bosses attended an awareness session at APM’s offices.
They were so impressed with Chelsea’s mature attitude and work ethic that she was offered the chance to attend a recruitment event and partake in a work trial. Afterwards, they had no hesitation in offering her a job there and then.
Chelsea said: “Nando’s was at the top of my list of employers so imagine my surprise when they offered me the chance to work for them! I’m still learning the ropes but I’m really enjoying it and love the interaction with customers. I’m grateful to everyone for helping me acquire new qualifications and getting my career off to a flying start.”
Ashleigh Jones, manager at Nandos’ Bullring restaurant, added: “Everyone in the team was impressed with Chelsea, she possessed the exact qualities we look for: an outgoing personality, hard-working and the ability to think on their feet. We were delighted when she accepted the position and wish her all the best in her new career.”
Pictured: Chelsea Barber (left) with Nando's manager Ashleigh Jones (right) and Liz Bailey, of APM.