Success drives expansion of Themis team

Themis, the business training and apprenticeship division of Burnley College, has expanded its growing team with the appointment of three new members of staff and the promotion of two existing Themis team members.

New to the team are business solutions consultant Karen Bracewell and business solutions recruitment and placement officers Samantha Smallridge and Phillip Gledhill.

Karen Bracewell joins the Themis team from her successful training manager position at Pendle Leisure Trust where she worked for 13 years, specialising in Leisure and Management.

Samantha Smallridge has a background in business mentoring, with experience as a former project manager for Boost Growth Mentoring, Start-Up Lancashire and Barclay’s “Ready For Business” start-up programme.

Business solutions recruitment and placement officer Phillip Gledhill joins Themis from Your Pension Service where his position as client liaison officer saw him working closely with local government, police and fire pensions for Lancashire.

The Themis team’s expansion has also seen the promotion of two Themis business solutions consultants, Kelly Aitkin and Michael Berardi. Kelly, who was a Themis recruitment officer for almost five years and Michael, who before coming to Themis as a recruitment officer in 2015 worked in Employer Engagement will both work more closely with Themis’ top employers, including Coolkit, Burnley Mechanics, Fagan and Whalley, Crow Wood and The Senator Group.

These new roles will see the Themis team connecting with more East, Central and North West Lancashire businesses to provide bespoke training and Apprenticeship programmes for their own unique needs and requirements.

The team are also fully knowledgeable to provide advice and guidance on the Apprenticeship Levy, Trail Blazers, training grants and business growth solutions.

Since its initial launch in November 2012, Themis has gone from strength to strength within the business training and apprenticeship market sectors. One of the largest apprenticeship and business training providers within Lancashire, it has seen over 250% growth in Apprentices since 2011, whilst expanding its business training client base nationwide. Director of Themis Simon Jordan said: "These recent appointments to the Themis team will allow us to further enhance our relationships with the local business community and respond to their needs by providing greater flexibility in our services and deliver programmes to help them reach their business objectives.”