A TEENAGER is on route to a bright career after South Shields Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck told her: “You’re hired!”
Mrs Lewell-Buck pledged, as part of her successful by-election campaign, that she would appoint an apprentice to work alongside her in the town.
And she proved good as her word, after launching the search for an ambitious hometown jobseeker soon after she was elected MP in May.
It was an echo of BBC TV’s The Apprentice, where Lord Alan Sugar carries out a search for a top-notch candidate to join his business empire.
The MP was inundated with applications for the post, and seven were whittled down for interview.
Now the successful applicant has been appointed – 16-year-old Amy Richardson, of Brockley Whins, South Shields, who recently completed her studies at St Wilfrid’s RC College in the town. Ms Richardson will take an administration NVQ in conjunction with South Tyneside College while working alongside the MP.
Mrs Lewell-Buck said: “We had a tremendous amount of interest in the post and we chose Amy as she came across as friendly and flexible, as well as being really bubbly with a good worth ethic.
“I said from the start we wanted a young person from South Shields who was looking for an opportunity to experience the world of work.
“We will now look for a suitable NVQ related to the work Amy will be doing in the office.
“It will be an office skills-based qualification. It will be related to what she will be doing during the next 12 months.
“She’ll be learning a bit of everything, both in the office at Ede House and then coming out and about on visits with me.”
Ms Richardson, a Labour Party supporter, was delighted at being hired.
She said: “I knew that loads of people would be applying, because it is such a great opportunity.
“I was quite nervous at the interview, but everyone has been really friendly.
“My long-term ambition is to work in the field of administration, so this is ideal for me.
“I aim to make the most of it.”