JUST 14 months ago, Charlotte Rix was stuck at college, unsure of what to do with her life and faced with bleak job prospects.
But now she is playing a key role at a charity which supports people with alcohol problems.
The 18-year-old, from Beighton, is the latest success story from Sheffield Council’s Apprentice Challenge, backed by The Star, which is giving hope to hundreds of young people not in education, employment or training.
Charlotte was selected for the scheme - which provides pre-employment training to NEETs, matches them up with potential employers and subsidises an apprentice wage for up to two years - while studying at college.
With little workplace experience, Charlotte’s six-week course on the world of work gave her the confidence to take her first step on to the career ladder.
This proved a vital quality as she began working with people with complex problems at Sheffield Alcohol Support Service.
Her post involves meeting and greeting service users and recently saw her play a vital role in organising the organisation’s two-day annual conference.
Denise Cooper, of the service, said: “She greets clients and welcomes them in and has to make them feel comfortable.
“She has embraced everything we have given her. I am proud of where she is and hope she is too.”
Charlotte said: “I feel like working here has prepared me to work in similar environments. I know I’m comfortable dealing with people with problems and it has given me a lot of confidence.”
Sheffield Council and The Star have joined forces to get 100 more young people into work in the Apprentice Challenge. Employers interested in the scheme should call Laura Hayfield at the council on 0114 229 6186.