A Stratford-upon-Avon College apprentice is revelling in sweet success after setting up his own chocolatier business.
Joseph Vaughan is completing a business administration apprenticeship while creating mouth-watering treats at his shop, 1683 Chocolate Place in Solihull.
At just 16 years old, he is one of the youngest chocolatiers in the country. He makes a range of original treats and custom-made chocolates for special occasions such as weddings, handcrafting them on the premises.
And Joseph is thankful to his college, who gave support with social media promotion of his shop while giving him extra time to complete assignments for his apprenticeship.
“They’ve [Stratford-upon-Avon-College] been incredibly helpful. It’s hard work. I’m at the shop full time, often a lot longer than the normal working day,” he said.
“I have to replenish the stock because it sells so quickly. Then I have to go home and start my apprenticeship work. The college has helped me every step of the way.”
Pic: Chocolatier Joseph Vaughan and his selection of hand-made chocolates at 1683 Chocolate Place