From Sheffield to the halls of Westminster – this apprentice is certainly getting into the thick of it.
Aspiring civil servant Rya Cooper, aged 20, is rubbing shoulders with the Prime Minister and other political heavyweights after signing up to a scheme designed to get young people into the heart of Government.
The former Stocksbridge High School pupil enlisted in the Civil Service Fast Track Apprentice Scheme after a stint in the British Army was cut short on medical grounds.
Keen to continue full-time work alongside her training, the scheme secured her a role in the Department of Education.
Now Rya, of Stocksbridge, is being held up as a success story to young people in South Yorkshire as the Cabinet Office invites 18 to 21-year-olds to apply for the 200 places on offer this year.
She said: “The most exciting aspect of my role for me is travelling.
“I have had many opportunities to work alongside other departments in the civil service as well as travelling to other locations. My greatest achievement through this apprenticeship would be meeting David Cameron, which happened only one month into my employment.
“I am hugely grateful to be on this apprenticeship scheme as it provides me with a Level 4 qualification, a role in the business administration, and overall a brighter future.”
Cabinet minister Francis Maude said: “The apprenticeship scheme will sit alongside our graduate scheme ensuring we draw the widest pool of talent into the civil service to help Britain win the global race.”
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