Sheffield teenagers sign up for apprentice scheme

St Catherine's manager Chris Batley with apprentices Carly Dexter and Rosie Cade.
St Catherine's manager Chris Batley with apprentices Carly Dexter and Rosie Cade.
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FINDING a job in Sheffield is no easy task – especially for young job hunters.

That’s why two local teenagers are so pleased to have secured a place on an apprenticeship scheme created by Sheffield Council.

Now Rosie Cade and Carly Dexter, both aged 17, are encouraging other young people to give it a go.

The Council’s 100 Apprenticeships scheme – backed by The Star – aims to find placements in areas such as business administration, retail or care for 100 jobless 16-18-year-olds in Sheffield.

St Catherine’s Nursing Home on Burngreave Road, Pitsmoor used the scheme to take on Rosie and Carly as health and social care apprentices.

They are completing the placement while studying for a professional nursing qualification.

Their duties include supporting residents with all aspects of daily living and care needs and shadowing a senior care worker.

Rosie said: “I left school over a year ago now, but had no luck finding employment despite having qualifications.

“I really wanted to get involved with the apprenticeship scheme, as it offers the chance for a work placement and to study towards a professional qualification.

“I chose to apply to work in care because it is incredibly rewarding and you can really make a difference to people’s lives.”

Carly said: “Like Rosie, I left school with qualifications but had no luck finding a job. You soon become dejected as you feel no one is willing to give you a chance. I became interested in working in the care sector after caring for one of my relatives when they were ill.

“When I heard about the apprenticeship scheme I couldn’t wait to sign up.

“Nursing is a passion that comes from your heart, and all the staff here have that passion.”

n Log on to www.sheffield.gov.uk for more about the scheme.