Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Apprentice, 17, Promoted after Just Six Months

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Apprentice, 17, Promoted after Just Six Months

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A YOUNG apprentice on Teesside has shown he has the golden touch when it comes to negotiating after achieving a promotion in the first few months of his apprenticeship. Lee Simpson from Billingham, who is working towards an apprenticeship in Business Administration with the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), has made such an impact during his short time with Thirlwells estate agents in Billingham that he has been promoted to the position of acting junior negotiator.

Commercial North of Seventeen-year-old Lee, who has the condition Erb's Palsy which is a paralysis of his right arm, wanted to take an apprenticeship as he felt that studying at college didn't fulfil his need to gain more practical knowledge and experience. Lee says: "Initially, I tried college but quickly realised that it wasn't really for me.

"I much prefer to learn whilst I'm working so I felt it would be more beneficial to do an apprenticeship."

Since beginning his apprenticeship with the estate agents last year, Lee has impressed to such an extent that he received a promotion to acting junior negotiator after just six months.

Lee was over the moon with his promotion. He said: "I was really pleased to receive my promotion.

"To think that I've achieved this in just six months is really encouraging. "I'm now even more motivated to succeed and feel like I have much more ambition and confidence to progress into a career in this industry."

Now Lee's day-to-day responsibilities include arranging valuations, viewings and promoting properties for clients, in addition to his original duties.

Despite having Erb's Palsy, Lee - who is also a keen rugby player - doesn't let it affect his progress.

He says: "My advice to anyone in a similar position, who is looking to do an apprenticeship, is not to let a disability hold you back.

feature in with Chamber Commerce "If anything my disability has made me more determined to succeed and I feel I have achieved a great deal in such a short space of time. …

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