New opportunities

Apprentice Michael Clark from Blyth now working in Crown Carpets as a result of CMDA scheme to help people in South East Northumberland get on apprentice programmes.  He is pictured with Brooke Burgess who is the team leader of Castle Morpeth Disability Association.
Apprentice Michael Clark from Blyth now working in Crown Carpets as a result of CMDA scheme to help people in South East Northumberland get on apprentice programmes. He is pictured with Brooke Burgess who is the team leader of Castle Morpeth Disability Association.

A MORPETH organisation is branching out to help people in Northumberland get into employment.

And one of the young adults who have been on the apprenticeship programme is well on the way to starting his own business.

Working with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT), Castle Morpeth Disability Association (CMDA) has been co-ordinating a training scheme and Michael Clark from Blyth has been on a placement with Crown Carpets in his hometown on retail and sales.

This gave him first-hand experience of what it is like in business and also behind the scenes knowledge of the trade.

CMDA Office Manager Brooke Burgess said: “It’s a pleasure to see Michael doing so well in his apprenticeship. He plans to start his own company just as soon as he has gained his qualification and I wish him the best of luck with this, not that he needs any luck as he seems to be paving his own future.

“So much job satisfaction is gained in our line of work as we are constantly shown gratitude by our apprentices for the opportunities and training we deliver.

“Young individuals across Morpeth and South East Northumberland often think they have missed their opportunity by not achieving great GCSEs or joining college. Apprenticeships are a great opportunity for these people to embrace and learn that all is not lost.

“Age is no barrier when it come to success.”

Michael said: “It has made me believe in myself and realise what is possible.”

CMDA has now worked on three projects with CRT which are making a big impact on people’s lives.

For more information about apprenticeship opportunities telephone 01670 504488.