Apprentice joins parents at Midlands recruitment agency

Mar 9, 2023 | News

Susan and Luke Challoner
It’s becoming a family affair at a Midland recruitment agency where the latest recruit is joining as an apprentice at the company run by his parents.

Ladder partner and training experts Performance Through People (PTP) had enrolled Luke Challoner to midlands recruitment agency Valyou on Customer Service Level 2 apprenticeship.

Luke is the son of managing director Jason Challoner and Susan Challoner, who manages HR and finance.

Aged 17, Luke has joined as a trainee resourcer and digital marketeer after completing and passing his first year in media and journalism at Lichfield College.

He said: “During the first few weeks of my second year, I realised I wanted to enter the world of work, and I’m now enjoying getting stuck in at Valyou.

“My parents have obviously told me loads about the company and the sector it’s in, and I just felt now was the time to join and make my own mark in the world of work, getting paid to become qualified at the same time.”

Apprentice progress

Jason Challoner, who is also honorary chair and a former president of Lichfield and Tamworth Chamber of Commerce said: “We’re thrilled that Luke has decided to join the family firm and look forward to seeing him progress on his apprenticeship.

“We really value how PTP’s specialist knowledge and skills have helped us to arrange the appropriate funding for the training and ongoing development side of Luke’s role.”

Gill Durkin, business executive at PTP, part of the BCTG Group, explained that apprenticeships were often ideal for small firms who wanted to invest in new skills for family members.

Ms Durkin said: “Small companies are quite often something that grows and thrives with family input, and Valyou is a great example of how this can happen.

“While companies themselves pay for employment costs, the apprenticeship route is an ideal way of funding the training and development side of things.”

Trainee role

Luke’s recruitment follows two other apprentices who joined earlier this year.

18-year-old Sam Denan, joined on a customer services apprenticeship in his role as a trainee recruitment consultant.

Charlie Dance, aged 22, who initially joined on a kickstart programme and on an accounting apprenticeship is now in his role as a trainee in the accounts and payroll department.

Any business or individual who wants to know more about apprenticeships PTP can email, call 03332 408302 or visit their website.

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