A SUCCESSFUL Gainsborough teen who took the prize for Business Administration Apprentice of the Year thanks to the support she received from a local school is calling for more employers to offer apprenticeships
The award was an early Christmas present for Faye Wilkinson - who turned 19 on Christmas Day.
During the year Faye has worked at Blyton cum Laughton C of E Primary School where she made herself so ‘indispensable’ that headteacher Lynne Saint offered her a permanent role when she completed her Business Administration Apprenticeship Level 3.
“It’s always been my dream to work in a school so I’m really happy to have been offered the job permanently,” said Faye.
“Doing an apprenticeship rather than college has meant I’ve been able to buy a car, as you can get paid while you’re learning.”
Mrs Saint said: “She just works very, very hard and always gives that bit extra.”
“Now we’re having a school website built and I’ve given Faye responsibility for that.”
Faye was the first apprentice the school had taken on, and following her success Mrs Saint said: “I would definitely recommend apprenticeships. If I had a vacancy I would consider another apprentice. Our apprentice was so good we had to give her a job.”
She added: “We’ve had to invest a lot in Faye but we’ve got it back and we’ll be continuing to train her. One day hopefully she’ll be a school business manager.”
The news comes as West Lindsey District Council and the National Apprentice Service teamed up for the Apprenticeships Work 4 You campaign.
Employers are being challenged to create 50 apprenticeships in a bid to grow their businesses, while helping young people gain on-the-job skills and relevant qualifications.
For more information on getting involved in the scheme, you can visit www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/work4you or call 0800 0150 600.