"The skills I have developed are vital, especially Customer Service communications – these are important no matter the level you are at within Business."

Saaria currently studies Blackburn College’s Business with Law Level 3 Extended Diploma and has earned a part-time contact at The Mall Blackburn’s Boots store after showing impressive initiative on her work placement.

Saaria said: “I am delighted to be working at Boots alongside my studies. The placements organised by the Blackburn College Business course are so valuable, not just for routes into employment but also for the range of skills you build which are perfect for the Business industry.

“The skills I have developed are vital, especially Customer Service communications – these are important no matter the level you are at within Business.

“At Boots, I also had the chance to do the hybrid. I was given a list of items which I would pick, scan and place in a trolley so my colleagues could pack the appropriate boxes.”

She added: “I already feel more confident and feel like I am able to do different tasks independently – work experience is so crucial when studying Business and we have it guaranteed at Blackburn College.

“I know my experience so far will benefit me in the future for things like going to University and kick-starting a career and I’m excited to build up more.”