Showing youngsters the way

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 January 2012

Lucy Behan at work

Lucy Behan at work

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AS NATIONAL Apprentice Week is just around the corner a former Worle Community School pupil has been encouraging young employment-seekers to look for paid on-the-job training.

Lucy Behan, aged 18, from Milton, is now seen daily at the new St Georges Health Centre.

At a time when one in five young people are unemployed, apprentice Lucy is dealing with the hundreds of new patients registering at the new Pastures Avenue centre and hopes to one day be a medical secretary.

She said: “I would recommend other school leavers to take up apprenticeships. My confidence has grown in just a month here at the health centre.

“I do everything from being a receptionist meeting patients, to administration of the health centre.

“It is helping me to learn people skills and is also training me for business.”

The former Worle School pupil said the apprenticeship has already helped her completely change her dreams from being in graphic design to being a medical secretary.

An event will be held in North Somerset to highlight the benefits of apprentices.

As part of National Apprentice Week the informative afternoon will be held at Weston College’s Knightstone Campus in Knightstone Road on February 9.

It will be an opportunity for businesses to learn more about the potential benefits of apprentices.

North Somerset Council, along with Agilisys and Liberata, the college and the National Apprentice Service will host the event.

Council chief executive Graham Turner said: “The apprentice scheme is good for young people, good for the council and good for the community.”

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