City apprentice in retail finals

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A SEVENTEEN-year-old apprentice from Sheffield has been shortlisted for a Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Award.

April Bell, who works at florists Monica F Hewitt, is one of four to reach the finals of the Retail Apprentice of the Year category and says she has enjoyed being able to learn whilst continuing to work.

The retail apprentice, who is training at The Source Skills Academy at Meadowhall, said: “I left school earlier and I’ve always felt a bit shy about the skills I have. I was nervous going back to learning, but I’ve loved every minute of it. My confidence has really grown.”