Apprentice Robyn proves ‘anything is possible’

Former apprentice Robyn Eames is forging a career in hospitality after completing her course last year, despite having ME.

Now 22-year-old Robyn from Ramsbottom is getting ahead by studying for a supervisory qualification at Hopwood Hall College in Rochdale, while working at the award-winning Eagle and Child gastro pub in her home town.

ME can be a debilitating illness, with symptoms including extreme and persistent mental and physical exhaustion that doesn’t improve with rest. This can restrict normal, day-to-day activities, so Robyn’s achievement is all the more impressive.

She said: “When I passed my apprenticeship, I was overwhelmed; there have been times when I felt that I would never achieve anything since my diagnosis.”


Determination is key

Eve Townson and Glen Duckett opened the Eagle and Child with the aim of combatting youth unemployment in the area and to train them up to embark on a career in catering and hospitality.

Robyn has now been working there for two years, having started her apprenticeship in food and beverage service in April 2014 and completing the course last July.

She credits her employers, who help her by making sure she has rest periods in between shifts, with the achievement of keeping up with the job. Robyn’s personal tutor and work-based learning assessor ay Hopwood Hall College also provides support.

Robyn concluded: “The apprenticeship has demonstrated to me that anything is possible with support and determination.”