Study time pays off for three of Birchall Foodservice’s team

Lancashire-based Birchall Foodservice is celebrating a triple success after funding three employees through vocational studies as part of its personal development programme.

After four years of study, company accountant Gill Smith gained her ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) qualification the highest qualification in accountancy.

Gill, who has worked for the company for five years, continued to work full-time but regularly had to go on day release to Manchester.

Business support manager Nicola Watson graduated from the University of Salford with an MSc in Human Resource Management, which took three years to complete, also on day release.

And transport manager Krissy Johnson completed the Certificate of Professional Competence in National Road Haulage.

Birchall Foodservice paid all of their tuition and exam fees.

Nicola Watson said: “Juggling a full-time job and a Masters degree, as well as the demands of having a young family, has been quite a challenge, but the company has supported me all the way, not only emotionally but financially too.

“Funding a university education these days is so expensive. I wouldn’t have been able to afford to pay for the tuition fees myself.”

Company director Louise Birchall said: “We are so proud of Nicola, Gill and Krissy. They have all worked extremely hard and we are already reaping the rewards of what they have learnt within the business.”

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