When Owen Stanley, 26, from Longridge, made the move from retail to software development, he thought his ideal career was on track. However, after nine weeks on his apprenticeship with a travel company, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and he lost his job.
“I was really disappointed to hear it was over. But I’ve decided to spend my time exploring self-employment. It’ll put me in an even better position when I’m in a new role, as I’ll have a second income.
“I’d always been aware of the Enterprise programme, as it’s something my parents had mentioned. So, I looked on The Trust’s website and signed-up.
“The course is online, due to COVID-19, and although I am in my first week, I have already learnt lots. We’ve explored marketing, business values, and how these elements have to be at the heart of your idea.
“I’m quite passionate about health and fitness, and plan to look at how I can support teachers in primary school to deliver effective and engaging P.E sessions through books that are read to children, and get them moving at the same time. From this, there are lots of ways to grow the brand.
“I’m excited to see where this takes me and also where my next software development role will be. I’ve been applying and feel positive about getting another job. Now I think I’ll go onto having the best of both worlds.”