How Midhurst beauty therapist’s dad’s death led to complete career change

Seeing how the funeral director helped her family when her dad died led to a career change for a Midhurst beauty therapist.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 12:17 pm
As Co-op Funeralcare marked its 3,000th apprentice, Naomi Collett told her story SUS-200502-140129001

Naomi Collett, 53, went from running her own business to applying for the Co-op Funeralcare apprenticeship.

She told her career change story as the company announced it has welcomed its 3,000th apprenticeship recruit in Kendal – Jennifer Plews.

Naomi said: “When my dad died, I saw what a difference the funeral director made to my mum and the family.

“I began to think about funeral arranging as a career change. It certainly is an extremely rewarding job, helping families at one of their lowest points. I have now finished my apprenticeship and I have been working for Co-op for 19 months.”

Co-op Funeralcare has been one of the UK’s leading employers of apprentices for seven years and the scheme has attracted a diverse range of applicants, drawing in people of all ages and from all walks of life.

From classical musicians to plumbers and police men, Funeralcare is often the chosen career for those wanting a new and rewarding challenge.

Having seen her mum working as a nurse, Jennifer Plews knew she wanted to go into a caring profession. She now works as a funeral arranger.

Karen Seth, people director for Co-op Funeral and Life Planning, said: “Our intention has always been to provide people from all backgrounds with the opportunity to develop a worthwhile career in funerals.

“Providing they possess care, ambition, excellent service and organisational skills, we can teach everything else on the job.”