“It just goes to show you are never too old to complete an apprenticeship.
“I’m really proud of myself because I pushed out of my boundaries to achieve this.
“I’ve only been in retail for two-and-a-half years and wanted to learn as much as possible to be as good at the job as I can.
“The opportunity to complete an apprenticeship came up from Selco and I jumped at the chance.
“Part of the qualification was to achieve functional skills in English and Maths which I didn’t achieve at school.
“I also had to learn a lot of new IT skills from pretty much scratch and that was difficult.
“There were many times when I wanted to give up but my trainers at Realise were brilliant at helping me through the tough periods and keeping me going. I’m very glad I got to the end and achieved a distinction.”
Terence – who was a carpenter and then became a general builder – completed his apprenticeship as part of Selco’s Rising Stars programme which is designed to help colleagues upskill and progress their careers.
As part of his Bronze Rising Stars qualification, Terence completed 16 modules including business management and brand reputation, customer and communication, product and services, stock and merchandising and team and performance.