You’re hired! MP takes on a young apprentice

HARD AT WORK Apprentice Jourdan Robinson and MP Caroline Dinenage
HARD AT WORK Apprentice Jourdan Robinson and MP Caroline Dinenage
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FOUR months ago, 20-year-old Jourdan Robinson found herself stuck in a rut.

Not long out of college, she was applying for around 30 jobs a week – and getting nowhere.

But now the 20-year-old is on track for her dream career in business administration after being given a job as an MP’s apprentice.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage often encourages businesses to hire apprentices.

So she decided to take her own advice and offer a place in her Gosport office to a young jobseeker.

After fending off competition from more than 70 other candidates, Jourdan landed the job.

She said: ‘It’s even more exciting than I thought and every day is different.

‘I had been applying for more than 30 jobs a week and getting rejection letters.

‘It’s quite heartbreaking after a while and I was getting quite depressed. You feel like you can’t do anything.

‘This apprenticeship is a great opportunity. I had never been to London before, now I’m there every two weeks.’

Jourdan deals with calls from the public to the MP’s constituency office in Stoke Road, Gosport and other administrative jobs. Then every two weeks she visits London’s Westminster Kingsway College for an NVQ 
course in business administration.

Jourdan was browsing apprenticeships on The News’ jobs website when she came across the opportunity.

She added: ‘I went downstairs and cried when I was shortlisted and when Caroline called me and told me I had the job it took a long time for it to sink in. I was excited but I had no idea what to expect. I think I settled in really well.’

The 20-year-old wants other people to see her story as an inspiration and a reason not to give up on their own search for employment.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘I thought it would give an opportunity to a young person in the area and give them the skills they need.

‘Jourdan has been fantastic. She didn’t have any experience in this field but she had good communication skills and that’s so important.

‘I’m delighted to have found such a competent and enthusiastic local girl to be my first apprentice.’