Government dream for Emma

Top Job: Emma Aldred

Top Job: Emma Aldred

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A Lancashire schoolleaver is aiming for a career at the top of government after landing a coveted place at the Cabinet Office.

Emma Aldred, from Tarleton, was among 200 talented school-leavers welcomed to government last week as Civil Service Fast Track Apprentices by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude. Launched in 2013, the flagship scheme offers 18-to-21-year-olds who don’t want to go to university a way into a career in government.

They are placed in Executive Officer roles within Whitehall.

Emma, 20, works for the Cabinet Office as a sourcing assistant, which involves finding suppliers for a huge range of items that the Government needs to procure from body armour to office equipment.

Emma, who previously taught dance in primary schools, said: “The reception was brilliant. I met the Deputy Prime Minister and he shook hands with everyone and asked our age and what we had been doing at work. I was studying Sociology at university and was getting firsts, but the course didn’t suit me – there were only a few hours of lectures a week and a lot of the course involved independent study and I just didn’t find it very motivating. I wanted to be in a working environment and when I saw the advertisement for the Fast Track Apprentice scheme on a Government website I applied straight away.”

Applications for the 200 places on the scheme this year rose to almost 3,000.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “It’s important that schemes like this get the recognition they deserve.

“Apprentices make a fantastic contribution to our society and I want young people from every background to know that if they choose to pursue their career in the Civil Service, work hard and prove themselves, nothing should stop them from making their way right to the top.”