An apprentice has landed a permanent role at the council, thanks to the authority’s Own Grown campaign.
Charlotte Mewburn joined Hastings Borough Council’s admin section of the planning team in 2012.
She was interviewed for the apprenticeship and succeeded in landing the job.
She said: “After some personal problems, which meant that I found it hard to maintain my college course, I found it difficult to find a full-time job. I really wanted to get into an office environment and to my surprise was successful for the apprenticeship.”
Charlotte sailed through her Intermediate level apprenticeship, picking up the skills quickly and learning on the job.
She is now finishing her Advanced level apprenticeship and has been given a permanent contract.
Councillor Peter Chowney, the council’s lead member for regeneration, said: “Apprentices are part of our ongoing workforce policy, and I am really delighted that we are now able to offer Charlotte a permanent job here.
“Charlotte is proof that apprenticeships work, so much so that we are now recruiting for another apprentice.”
Sarah Stapley, manager of the planning administration team, said: “Charlotte is an invaluable member of our team.
“Her youthful enthusiasm, commitment to the job and willingness to learn has helped her sail through the apprenticeship.”
Own Grown is a partnership project encouraging employers to pledge positions of support including work experience, apprenticeships and mentoring to help better prepare young people for work. Visit www.owngrown.org.uk or call 01424 451795 or more information.