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2 May 2014, 07:16
A teenager from Morpeth's landed a job after taking up an apprenticeship with Northumberland Council.
When Charlotte Maddison from Morpeth left school she decided she wanted to go straight into work instead of going to university.
She wanted to become a firefighter but knew opportunities didn't come up very often.
After seeing an advert for a course run by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service called FIRED-UP, she applied, and at the end of the course, applied for an Apprenticeship with them.
In January 2013 Charlotte was appointed to an NVQ Level 2 Customer Service Apprenticeship and was based in the Home Fire Safety Check team of the Community Safety Academy.
Her role involved fitting smoke alarms in people's homes and giving them fire safety advice on a daily basis.
She got to meet a variety of people within the community and was able to contribute to their safety and represent the Fire and Rescue Service in a positive way.
Part-way through her Apprenticeship a vacancy arose for a temporary position within another area of the Community Safety Academy.
She applied for the position and is now the Young Firefighters' Association Project Officer.
"I loved every minute of my Apprenticeship and it has opened so many doors for me. I have seen my confidence grow and I couldn't have wished for a better start to my career."
Nine Livings, Community Safety Manager said
"Charlotte quickly established herself as an apprentice who had a lot to offer Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service. Enthusiastic and committed, she was able to contribute to her department significantly and it has been great to see her confidence and skills increase even further by securing a temporary role as our Young Firefighters' Association Project Officer."