Shannon Vaughan, Carly's Decorating

Shannon Vaughan started art college after her GCSEs and planned to go to university. When she didn’t get in the first time she applied, Shannon waited another year and was successful, but by then she’d changed her mind and decided she wanted to earn money while learning.

A local school took me on as a Business Administration apprentice, but I knew I didn’t want an office job for the rest of my life – and that’s when I saw Carly’s advert for a Painting and Decorating apprentice through Skills Group.

I’ve always had an interest in interior design, and the Level 2 in Painting and Decorating is the perfect way to be creative as well as hands-on. There is plenty of 1-to-1 support from trainers at Skills Group and I love helping Carly transform people’s homes. An apprenticeship is the best way to get your foot on the career ladder.

Pictured L-R: former Skills Group apprentice Carly Burt, who now runs Carly’s Decorating, and Shannon Vaughan.

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