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Nina is truly the model employee!

Byline: By Steven Oliver

A model for Tyne Tees Television is celebrating after securing a job, thanks to the help of training agency Zodiac Training Ltd.

Nina Farhang, from Washington, is settling into her role as trainee administrator at the town's Barmston Medical Centre after enrolling on a foundation modern apprenticeship in administration funded by the Learning & Skills Council Tyne & Wear.

Leaving Oxclose Community School with good GCSE results, Nina wanted to train while gaining work experience, so enrolled on the modern apprenticeship programme with Zodiac last summer.

She is responsible for welcoming patients, collecting blood-test results, booking appointments and answering patients' inquiries and many more administration tasks.

Nina said: "After school I was keen to find a job that offered training as well as real hands-on experience.

"It was my local Connexions adviser who suggested I try a modern apprenticeship which gave me the opportunity to earn and train while working.

"I am really enjoying my job at the Barmston Medical Centre.

"The staff have been really supportive, making it easy to settle into my new role. The best thing is that I feel I'm constantly learning new things - not only through my Zodiac training programme but also through the experience of working in a busy medical centre."

Nina has been a model for two years and spends some of her spare time handing out promotional literature and starring in catwalk shows.

The practice manager at Barmston Medical Centre, Sue Carmody, said: "Nina has settled into her new role with ease and has proved a great hit with the patients and fellow members of staff.

"She really is a model employee! She is hard-working and committed and completes every task with efficiency and enthusiasm.

"The modern apprenticeship has equipped Nina with the skills she needs to be successful within an administrative role, and it reflects the standard of practice that we expect from our employees."

The modern apprenticeship programme is the Government's work-based learning scheme option for people aged between 16 and 24.

Offering them an alternative route into higher education, it allows them to earn while they learn with a training agency or college.

Funded by the Learning & Skills Council, there is no cost to the individual learner.

For more information about how the modern apprenticeship can open the door to a career for you call 08000 150 600 or click on to
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 20, 2003
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