We believe apprenticeships are one of the best routes into a great career!

For over 25 years, we’ve been pairing the best employment opportunities with excellent training experiences. Our reward has been a long history of apprenticeship success, glowing Ofsted reviews, and impressive continued-employment rates.

Based in Crewe, we’re specialists in IT and Digital Marketing for businesses largely across the North-West of England.

We are a RoATP approved apprenticeships provider; Ofsted-rated Good; people-focused; continually driven to see careers transformed through apprenticeship opportunities for everyone.


The Apprenticeship Team


Claire McLellan


Claire is our Apprenticeships director. She’s been involved in vocational training for 21 years, and has become known for her excellent client management skills, and a strong reputation for delivering.

Before joining escalla, Claire worked for some large work-based learning providers, as well as successfully running her own apprenticeship programme. She has a very strong focus on quality and ensuring our apprentices’ learning experience is always of an exceptional standard.

When Claire isn’t running our team, she enjoys cooking and going on long walks with her dog.

Joe McLellan

Business Manager

Joe is escalla’s business manager, and is dedicated to creating opportunities for young people. He works closely with businesses to discover their recruitment needs, and then supports them through the process of recruiting an apprentice. Joe has over 30 years of experience in customer service and sales, and has been with escalla since 2012.

Joe’s also kept busy by his passion for golf and cars. He even treats his car to a set of special polishes and waxes – as well as daily dust inspections – to keep it pristine.

Helen Oakes

Placement Officer

Helen is our placement officer and has been working with young people and organising apprenticeships, work experience and employability events for nearly 20 years. Before escalla, she worked with local and national training providers, schools and colleges, as well as working closely with school careers advisors.

Helen is passionate about apprenticeships and dedicated to delivering a high quality experience for young people and employers.

‘My family is the centre of my life, and I enjoy spending time with my sons and my young daughter. I’m also a qualified reflexologist, so my friends and family enjoy the occasional treatment. I also enjoy reading when I have the time – mostly biographies and crime novels.’

Emma Serventi

Academy Coordinator

Emma is our academy coordinator and has over 17 years of experience in education: teaching IT, art, technology and work-related learning in the primary, secondary and post-16 sectors. She joined escalla 18 months ago after looking for a new and exciting challenge, and becoming a mother to a young family.

Emma has bought with her a wide range of transferable knowledge and skills; and she’s currently in charge of training our digital marketing apprentices, and coordinating all training and assessment in our academy.

She is creative and organised, and determined to ensure that all of our apprentices enjoy their journey and achieve fantastic things! In her spare time, Emma enjoys all aspects of social media and making special memories with her family.

Maureen Musker

Special Projects Manager

Maureen is our special projects manager and has worked within the educational training sector for 25 years. Maureen is responsible for analysing various projects linked to the continuous improvement of our training delivery.

Maureen is addicted to Center Parcs and spends most of her non-working life in a tree!

Nicola Griffiths

Management Information Officer

Nicola joined the team in June 2019 after working in administration for the last 11 years for local apprenticeship training providers. She has a wide range of knowledge of the apprenticeship sector and possesses excellent IT and communications skills. In her spare time she enjoys taking her daughter to the park and soft play centres and is a self-confessed junk food addict!

Matt Shannon


Matt is our Marketing Assistant and loves all things creative. In his free time, Matt enjoys socialising and watching the football.


Meet & Greet

Teddy is our office Cavapoo. He is very friendly and sociable and loves meeting our apprentices when they attend the academy for training


  • Positive learning experiences

  • Highly-qualified and experienced trainers

  • Small class sizes

  • Regular contact with mentor

  • Integrated life-skills

  • ‘Family feel’

  • Inclusiveness and sensitivity

  • High support and welfare standards

Our experience and accreditation… 

  • Delivering training for over 25 years 

  • Delivering escalla apprenticeships for over 7 years 

  • Ofsted-rated Good overall and Outstanding for personal development, behaviour and welfare 

  • Nationally (RoATP) approved apprenticeships provider 

  • 87.2% continued employment rate 

escalla best learning experience winner
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