Charlotte puts ideas in the shop window

Charlotte Saddington at Darcy Weddings
Charlotte Saddington at Darcy Weddings

A teenager has made the best move yet after saying ‘I do’ to an apprenticeship offer.

Nineteen-year-old Charlotte Saddington has embarked on a year-long training course at Morpeth bridal and occasion-wear business Darcy Weddings.

Her role includes helping customers, advising on accessories, designing window displays and accepting deliveries, while gaining a recognised NVQ qualification.

“Becoming an apprentice was the best move I ever made,” she said. “I am earning a wage, which has given me independence, and I’m gaining new skills every day. At school I learnt a lot, but now I am able to apply that knowledge while getting paid — it really is the best of both worlds.”

Ms Saddington was matched to the business after contacting apprenticeship specialist Ingeus, which helps young people to find opportunities.

She said: “I started waitressing in a restaurant and enjoyed it, but really wanted to work in the bridal industry. I looked around for a company that might offer me advice about apprenticeships and discovered Ingeus.

“It helped me tremendously, working with me to write a CV that would stand out and it gave me loads of advice about what to expect in job interviews.”

Meanwhile, Darcy Weddings owners Jennifer Donaldson and Jayne Gould asked Ingeus if it could recommend anyone for the assistant vacancy at their Newgate Street shop. It short-listed five candidates and Ms Saddington was appointed.

Ms Gould said: “Charlotte stood out as having all the qualities we were looking for and she’s proving to be an excellent choice.”