Helen Driscoll is the Head of HR and Compliance for the Vella Group, one of the UK’s leading repairers. The company employs over 200 staff across 7 locations, with 24 apprentices currently employed, covering both technical as well as Human Resources and Finance disciplines.
Helen spent over a decade working with the technical team as Operations Support at The Vella Group’s Skelmersdale site, which at 40,000sqft is one of the largest in the UK.
During her time in Operations, Helen was closely involved with the Vella Group’s initial apprenticeship programmes, as well as supporting Karl Vella MBE with his work with World Skills as UK Training Manager and World Chief Expert Autobody.
As the business grew, in 2013, Helen became responsible for HR in the business, which included professionalising and formalising the Company’s training and compliance.
In 2018, Helen was promoted to her current role. With the national changes to apprenticeships Helen led the process of identifying and appointing the right training provider to work alongside in the delivery of the soon to be launched technical apprenticeship.
Two years into spearheading the business’ highly successful Multi-Skilled Apprenticeship Programme, Helen continues to work closely with Blackpool &The Fylde College and AutoRaise. Helen has not only ensured The Vella Group’s apprentices have developed strongly in terms of technical ability, but that they also receive a high level of in-house pastoral care to ensure they have an environment in which they can develop to their fullest potential.

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