Richmondshire District Council

Apprentice secures job with council

A planning and climate change officer can see the wood for the trees after her apprenticeship grew into a permanent post.

Twenty-two-year-old Charlotte Nettleton, of Richmond, has secured a job with Richmondshire District Council as a Planning Information and Climate Change Assistant following her 18 month Level 3 business administration apprenticeship with Darlington College.

She now divides her time between supporting the planning team, working on matters such as tree preservation and enforcement matters, and working on a range of climate change projects.

“It is something different every day and I love it,” said Charlotte, who is hoping to continue her learning at degree level.

“I tried reading English and history at Nottingham University just as COVID struck but I found it very isolating so left after six weeks. I knew what I wanted to do and an apprenticeship was definitely the best way for me.

“I was a bit worried about going back to college but it was great chatting to other apprentices and gaining experience on the job. There were four of us from the council and it was also great mixing with other apprentices and swapping tips they’d picked up from their jobs.

“The council paid for the course and I got paid to take it, while the Darlington College lecturers were all great, so helpful and approachable and what they taught us was eye-opening. I loved being thrown in the deep end, it was very rewarding.”

For more information on apprenticeships in Richmondshire visit our apprenticeships page, and check out the Darlington College website to see the opportunities they have available.

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