A FORMER apprentice from County Durham is going back to her roots to help others in the North East as she was once helped herself.
With youth unemployment rising to fresh highs, particularly in the North East, Lucy Marshall has set up a new apprenticeship service, I Love Apprenticeships. The service aims to help young people on the road to successful careers.
Marshall herself entered an apprenticeship scheme at the start of her career and the help and support she received at this time provided her with the platform to gain valuable work experience and qualifications.
She has decided to set up the new service so that others can also benefit from the same level of support.
She said: “I have really benefited from engaging with the apprenticeship scheme and really believe in the benefits that it can have for young people of all abilities.
“I want young people to know they can carry out an apprenticeship and then continue on to university if they wish, just like me.
“It’s fair to say that I wouldn’t have been able to have had such a rewarding career without it and I’m really looking forward to helping others achieve the same.”
Paul Cox, retail manager for Milbry Hill said he was impressed by the service Marshall provided to his business.
“We had never thought about employing an apprentice until we met Lucy,” he said. “We will be looking to recruit more apprentices in the future after realising the enormous benefits an apprentice makes to a company.”
Marshall said she believed it was important that young people made the correct decisions from the outset of their careers.
“I place a big emphasis on the advice and guidance aspect of my service,” she said.
“If people can make the right choices now, their future career paths can be a lot easier.
“Having been through the apprenticeship scheme myself I can really relate to the young people I work with and give them support that is needed.
“With the experience of working in the apprenticeship industry that I now have, I am able to offer a high level of practical advice.”
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