Outwrite’s first ever apprentice has urged other youngsters to consider an apprenticeship to kick-start their career.

Lisa Appleby, 22, from Ruthin, originally joined Outwrite on a paid six-month Jobs Growth Wales placement and was rewarded for her hard work during that time with a permanent role as a business administration apprentice.

Lisa, who finished her NVQ level 3 course in January, has since been placed on the firm’s social media fast-track pathway after continuing to impress.

She is now calling on youngsters to give serious consideration to doing an apprenticeship to get on the career ladder and gain industry experience.

Lisa said: “As a young person it can be very difficult to gain employment with little or no experience, and college and university appears to be the only route.

“My apprenticeship has allowed me to gain a recognised qualification, as well as hands-on experience within an industry that interests me.

“It also provided me with the opportunity to impress and I have now been granted a place on the social media pathway. Without the apprenticeship, this opportunity would not have been possible.”

Outwrite managing director Tracy North, who interviewed Lisa for her paid placement in 2013, has urged other businesses to explore the possibility of taking on apprentices.

She said: “Apprenticeships provide organisations with the chance to employ a person who will then have the necessary and relevant skills and training to further their development and benefit your business.

“Lisa grabbed the opportunity with both hands and I look forward to watching her grow both as a person and a professional in the coming months and years.”

Outwrite was founded in 1994 and specialises in PR, social media marketing and SEO (search engine optimisation).

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