A Ruthin dental assistant is the first recipient of a bursary to help young people upskill.
Charlotte Jones, aged 27, of Ruthin, was awarded £720 to fund a qualification in oral health education through Denbighshire County Council’s Young Person Employment Bursary.
Charlotte, who works at Ruthin Dental Practice, said:
“The bursary helped me access the course which has allowed me to get a better understanding of oral hygiene and to help and motivate others in better oral hygiene. This is allowing me to progress in my career.
“If I did not have access to the bursary I would not have been able to complete the course, which would have prevented me from progressing with my professional development.
“The application was easy and it was a quick process, I am very pleased I applied for it.”
The qualification will also help Charlotte increase her wages.
The Council’s Young Person Employment Bursary is open to employed people aged 18-35 in Denbighshire and funding is available to pay for training courses to help progress within a current workplace or gain a higher paid position with a new Denbighshire employer.
It has the potential to help up to 80 individuals a year with funding of between £250 and £2,000 per person as part of the Council’s work to ensure younger people want to live and work in the county and have the skills to do so.
Funding can be used for further education courses as well as professional skills and training.
Cllr Hugh Evans OBE, Leader of Denbighshire County Council, said:
“I’d like to congratulate Charlotte on being the first recipient of the bursary and encourage more of our young people to apply.
“This innovative approach by the Council aims to help young employed people develop their careers and create new opportunities for them.
“We want to encourage younger people working in the county to develop and progress their careers and earn higher salaries, which will benefit the county’s businesses by keeping hold of talented and skilled individuals.”
For further details and how to apply visit www.denbighshire.gov.uk/skills-bursary