By Jennifer Plews, Funeral Arranger

After I did my A-Levels, I applied to go to university to study forensic psychology. I got in everywhere, but a week after I got my results I pulled my application.

The more I learned about it, the more I knew it just wasn’t for me.

I was thinking about going into makeup instead. It’s something I’d always been interested in, but having seen my mum work as a nurse, I knew what I really wanted was a job that allowed me to make a real difference in people’s lives.

That’s when I learned about Co-op Funeralcare’s apprenticeship programme. I’d never even considered a career in funerals before, mainly because I thought I was too young and didn’t have the right experience, but that wasn’t the case.

I got an interview, which went really well, and I was over the moon when I found out I’d got the job!

I’m now working as a funeral arranger, and as part of my apprenticeship I get on the job training and every day I get to support families through what can be the hardest time of their lives.

People are so surprised when I tell them what I do for a living, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I recently helped lady arrange a funeral in Durham – which is a good two hours away from where we are – so we didn’t get to meet in person. She called me just the other day to thank me personally, which was really touching.

I never knew a job could be so rewarding.

Karen Seth, People Director for Co-op Funeral and Life Planning added:

Working within the funeral industry can be an extremely rewarding and satisfying career and it’s a great achievement for the business to welcome our 3,000th apprentice.

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.

Join the conversation! 2 Comments

  1. Planned developments within MyHR will enable us to track and monitor the retention of our apprentices within Funeralcare. At the end of the last contract year we had a 79% achievement rate across the provision

  2. Would be good to know how many of those 3000 apprentice’s we have retained in the business?

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