I used to work at a family-owned restaurant, but my father has sold up. I'd like to continue in the industry in a management role but I don't have any formal qualifications. Should I do an NVQ?
The answer You're in a fantastic position. Employers will be desperately keen to have you on board. They know that someone from a family business has usually gained excellent experience through having been involved in all aspects of running it.
However, NVQs can be helpful. You will find that any good and reputable employer will assist you in achieving any formal qualifications you wish to obtain. This is a win-win situation for you and them.
So think about what direction you want to go in. Always let your employer know about your keen interest to study. It can also be worth getting advice from a good agency, which can highlight the various employers that invest in their teams.
Paula Rogers, managing director, Admiral Group
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