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Callow Hill teen's career boost benefits Wolverley nursery
6:20am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Local
COMMUNITY leaders have helped launch a teenager’s career while benefiting a Wolverley nursery.
Wolverley Sebright Cygnets Nursery, in Franche Road, has recruited Amy Edwards, of Callow Hill, following a partnership with Rock Parish and Wyre Forest District councils.
Amy’s wages are being supported by the two councils for 18 months, while Kidderminster College has accessed funding for her training fees.
The 16-year-old will gain practical experience at the nursery while studying for a diploma in children’s care, learning and development at Kidderminster College.
Carole Everett-Li, joint nursery manager, said: “We are delighted to support a young person beginning a career in the childcare profession. Our established team has valuable experience to share with Amy. She has settled right in and her bright outlook is popular with the children.“ She added: “The funding has enabled us to take part in the Wyre Forest Apprenticeship Scheme, benefiting both Amy and our nursery community.”
Amy, a former Bewdley High School and Sixth Form Centre student, added: “I have grown up in the Rock parish and it’s great the community has supported my first steps into work.
“I feel lucky because it’s difficult for my generation to get on the career ladder. I previously completed work experience at Sebright Cygnets. I enjoyed it and couldn’t wait to return to complete my apprenticeship.”
Rock Parish Council is contributing £1,500 towards the full-time apprenticeship, which is also backed by a grant scheme launched in 2012 by Wyre Forest District Council, in partnership with Kidderminster College.
It aims to support local businesses that take on apprentices from the district, boosting training and employment opportunities.
Rock parish councillor Keith Perkins explained: “I wanted the council to do more to support the lives of people in this rural parish, not just focusing on planning applications, bus stops and speed camera etcetera - vital though these items are.”
Liberal district councillor, Fran Oborski, member champion for skills, added: “The district council is pleased to work with the nursery and Rock Parish Council to help young people like Amy to have an opportunity like this.”
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