Receptionist named top apprentice

A school receptionist has proved to be one of Northumberland’s finest after securing a top award for her efforts.

Helen Barnes, a clerical assistant at Bede Academy in Blyth, was awarded the accolade of Northumberland’s Apprentice of the Year after being nominated by her manager Kay Thompson.

The 19-year-old from Blyth, was presented with a glass trophy in the Northumberland’s Finest annual awards run by the county council’s Youth Services to celebrate achievement.

Helen said: “I love working at Bede. Everyone is so friendly and I have been offered some amazing opportunities.

“It is lovely to be recognised and I would certainly recommend other young people to consider the apprentice route because it has really worked for me.
“The fact you are earning money while you learn is great.”

Helen began working at the academy while studying an NVQ Level 2 in business administration.

She also helped out in the special educational needs department as a reader, scriber and sa tudent support assistant.

Helen is now considering taking further qualifications.