April Alabi is a former learner who completed a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management. Here she talks about her experience in taking the qualification and how it has helped her grow in confidence


After studying catering and hospitality supervision in sixth form, my love for food grew even more and I also gained a passion for event planning. After leaving sixth form I spent a year at university studying Events Management but I didn’t seem to be able to connect with the course and found it very hard and so decided to leave.

I started working for a tearoom as a cook and tearoom supervisor with the opportunity to become manager one day, and this is how I started my apprenticeship in leadership and management. If I am honest I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to enjoy this course let alone finish it, but a year later I had completed the course and had enjoyed every minute of it.

I have never been a very book smart person and have always enjoyed the practical side of learning, so this apprenticeship was perfect for me. The assignments covered so many different areas, some that I knew about and others that I wouldn’t have even thought would be relevant. My tutor was a great support to me and I felt that no question was too silly to ask. Straight A made learning so easy for me. After a year studying and passing this course I felt so much more confident with my leaderships skills which I had struggled with in the past.

In 2015 I decided to take the plunge and start my own company and I know that without the help from this course, Straight A and my tutor I would never have had the confidence to do this. I now run my own outside catering company called “Aprils Kitchen”. From a very young age I have always loved cooking and I am thrilled that what used to be a hobby for me is now my job.