Chloe Lands Job Through Our Step Course

Chloe's one-day-a-week work experience placement in now paid work with Rowlinson Knitwear.

Chloe by a Rowlinson embroidery machine on the Step course

A paid job as an Embroidery Representative through our Step course is a perfect result for dedicated Chloe. Her hard work has really paid off. Her success illustrates the enormous value of work experience and why it is central to our education and training programmes.

Chloe was low in confidence and self-esteem when she began the Steps Toward Employment  and Progression programme (Step) in  September 2019. She soon flourished with the support of our partners Manchester Adult Education Service (MAES), Pure staff and a lovely group of peers at college.

Path To Success

Chloe’s first placement was an administration role within NHS offices. After some initial trepidation of working in an office, she soon realised she really enjoyed the environment and the work.  Supportive friendly colleagues made her so welcome. She worked on various tasks including manipulating spreadsheets, emailing and creating PDF documents.

Unfortunately, working in the office was curtailed in March due to the pandemic. However, undeterred, Chloe did manage to complete further work online for the NHS throughout the lockdown. 

Rowlinson Knitwear

Placement two was with Stockport firm Rowlinson Knitwear. This employee-owned B Corporation has high ethical standards in all aspects of its business. A good friend to Pure Innovations, it has previously provided valuable behind-the-scenes “workplace experience” days for our students.  Read all about one of them here.

Chloe steams a blazer at Rowlinson on the Step course that led to a job.

During her work placement, Chloe experienced work in different departments. Her first role was in the warehouse. Here she helped “pick and pack” orders independently using picking lists, ready to be despatched to customers. Next stop was working in Quality Control. Here she was involved in inspecting goods received incorporating various in-house test processes. Her final experience was in the Embroidery Department which has now resulted in paid work.

A Team Player.

Chloe consistently impressed staff with her willingness to get on with whatever needed doing.

Chloe is really enthusiastic and eager to learn new skills. She's happy to take on any task and has grown in confidence from week to week. She asks suitable questions and takes an interest in the answers given and why we do the things we do as a business. She’s shown an interest in other departments in the business too, showing how flexible she is at taking on new challenges.

Sally Bettison - Quality Control, Rowlinson Knitwear

Chloe has been a breath of fresh air to have working with us. She is flexible and open to trying something new. Each week here, the resource requirement can change and Chloe has never shown any issue with doing what is needed. Everyone enjoys having her around.
Chloe has helped massively with the backlog of customer orders due to this year's virus pandemic. You should be very proud of Chloe’s work ethic and eagerness to learn.

Shane Banham - Rowlinson Knitwear

Chloe’s experience on the Step programme has enabled her to demonstrate her capabilities – to herself and to others. To her great delight, before Christmas she was offered paid work at Rowlinson Knitwear. Chloe found a job through the Step course.

Chloe works one day a week. This enables her to continue on the remainder of the two-year course. You can read more about the Step programme here.


Chloe works in the Embroidery Department. Rowlinson Knitwear makes, amongst other things, uniforms for schools and businesses. One of Chloe’s roles is to set up and load all the coloured thread spools for the computer-controlled embroidery machines.  (See top picture.) She will then locate the correct items of  uniform to be embroidered.  All those crests, coats of arms and logos need to have the right colours in the right places!

Adaptable Chloe will also work in other departments according to need.

Congratulations Chloe on your very well-deserved success.

Chloe with an open hamper of Christmas goodies

Here's Chloe with the lovely hamper plus gift voucher presented to Rowlinson staff at Christmas. She was much appreciated even before she was employed!

Employers – Please offer a Work Placement

We are always looking for progressive employers like Rowlinson Knitwear who are prepared to give a young person the gift of work experience. It helps young people discover their abilities, expand their  aspirations, and grow their confidence. So often, it also gives employers the opportunity to find dedicated future employees.

You can read more about how we can work with you to facilitate work experience. Just follow this link: How To Be A More Inclusive Employer.

For more information please do contact our Employment Development and Operations Manager, Amanda Noon. She’d love to hear from you.