A TEENAGER has taken her first step on to the career ladder with the help of an apprentice scheme.
Kirsty Roe, aged 17, of Woodthorpe, Sheffield, found herself out of work with bleak employment prospects when she decided to leave her college course in animal care.
Her fortune changed when she was picked to take part in Sheffield Council’s Apprentice Challenge, backed by The Star, which aims to help the 1,393 young people in the city aged 16 to 18 who are not in education or without work.
After taking part in an intense pre-employment training course, Kirsty realised her strengths lay in the world of business.
The council matched her with potential employers and she went on to land her dream job with South Yorkshire African-Caribbean Business Training, which develops business programmes and training for the benefit of Sheffield’s African Caribbean community.
Kirsty said: “From being on the training course I realised I was into administration and using computers. The council lined up interviews for me and helped me to prepare as I was nervous.
“Now it’s so nice to feel part of a team and get my wage at the end of every month.”
For two years, Kirsty’s salary will be part-subsidised by Sheffield Council.
Vena Wynter-Truscott, a director at SYAC, said: “What the council is doing is so good. We were surprised by the calibre of candidates coming for the apprenticeships. Kirsty has settled in very well and we hope she will stay with us in the future.”
Businesses can still sign up to the Apprentice Challenge by contacting Sheffield Council on 0114 229 6193.