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Dream jobs can become reality

14/01/2011

Working with people has always been at the heart of what Rebecca Lallo dreamed of doing.

The 19-year-old is now eight months into an Apprenticeship as a receptionist with Ragdale Hall near Melton Mowbray and says it’s providing her with a wealth of experience.

Thanks to a team of staff at Leicester College who matched the teenager’s dreams to an employers needs, Rebecca is combining an NVQ in Hospitality with her role at Ragdale.

This week the Mercury has launched the 100 Day Apprenticeship Challenge, supported by Leicester College.

We want to get 100 young people in our area between the ages of 16 and 65 into 100 new apprenticeships in the next 100 days – but we need your help to do it.

As well as people like Rebecca, wiling to become apprentices, we need companies large and small to take up our challenge, come on board and give young people a chance to demonstrate their skills.

Rebecca, who went onto Leicester College after completing her A-Levels, said: “I knew university wasn’t for me because I could get everything I wanted by going down another route and not incurring a lot of the expense. That’s why Leicester College and the apprenticeship staff helped me get has been brilliant for me. I’m doing what I love most and I’m getting the hands on experience I need.

“I really enjoy working with other people and being the face everyone sees when they first arrive.”

Companies who wish to take on an apprentice receive support to meet training needs from Leicester College staff.

The campaign, is also being backed by national and local politicians, including Prime Minister David Cameron who spoke to the Mercury last week about the campaign.

Claire Homewood from personnel at Ragdale said: “Rebecca has been a huge help to us and I know she’s getting a lot out of the experience. It’s a partnership that works both ways and can only be positive.

“We get someone who is enthusiastic to learn and can be trained to the standards we require at Ragdale and Rebecca is learning something new every day which will help her towards her NVQ.

“We’ve taken on apprentices in the past so we’re fully aware of the benefits. I’d recommend other companies do the same.”

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