Kayleigh Richards, 19, has just completed an LSC Advanced Apprenticeship in Hospitality Supervision while working at her mother s cafe -Harbour Deli in Combe Martin. Pauline Barrow, her personal tutor, visited her there, setting assignments and marking

Kayleigh Richards, 19, has just completed an LSC Advanced Apprenticeship in Hospitality Supervision while working at her mother's cafe -Harbour Deli in Combe Martin. Pauline Barrow, her personal tutor, visited her there, setting assignments and marking completed ones. Pauline is part of the Workforce Development Team at North Devon College, Barnstaple, and described Kayleigh, who completed the course early, as "fantastic and dedicated.""It was quite hard work and for a few months my social life suffered a bit as I did most of the work in the evenings," said Kayleigh. "It was definitely worth it, though, and it's made me understand the business better so I can be much more useful to my mum."Kayleigh achieved six GCSEs at school and continued into the sixth form where she got an AS in Travel and Tourism. Although she knew what type of career she wanted, however, she didn't enjoy classroom learning so she left before starting the second year."Doing an apprenticeship was definitely the way to go for me because I didn't enjoy classroom learning and because we're so busy mum really needed me to be here in the cafe."Learning in situ was particularly helpful because, as I studied the theory, the practicalities were literally happening around me, making it so much easier to understand."Kayleigh's mum, Julie, was just as enthusiastic about the apprenticeship and is now encouraging all her staff to consider taking extra qualifications.Julie said: "As a business owner, I can see how important it is for people to improve their skills, not just for the employer, but for themselves. Qualifications are an invaluable asset for everyone concerned."Kayleigh has done really well and I can see how much her new skills are helping the business. She now fully understands what is required to make a business a success.