Estate agency’s first apprentice qualifies with flying colours

A Shropshire estate agency’s first apprentice has qualified and joined the firm’s rentals team, with a helping hand from Telford College.

Charlotte De La Motte, 19, has been appointed as a rentals negotiator by Harwood The Estate Agent at their Broseley office.

Charlotte has completed a 12-month apprenticeship in the estate agency and said she was ‘extremely keen’ to be offered a permanent position.

Louise Wearmouth, Harwood rentals head co-ordinator, said: “On completing her apprenticeship, Charlotte De La Motte was invited to join the rentals team and is performing extremely well.

“She is a very astute member of the team for whom nothing is ever too much for her and it is a pleasure to have her on board.”

Charlotte, who now lives in Lightmoor, Telford, spent many years in Shifnal.

She completed her year-long customer services apprenticeship through Telford College, whose apprenticeship tutors visited Harwood’s Broseley office every month.

They set her a variety of tasks including writing a number of essays, and checked her work throughout their visit including the phone calls she made.

“The tutors gave me a tick list of subjects they wanted me to write on, and watched the way I did things in the office,” said Charlotte.

“The Telford College tutors were great and I looked forward to them coming to the office every month.”

Exams at the end of her apprenticeship were optional, but Charlotte chose to take them, explaining: “The important thing is I have certificates to prove I have passed my apprenticeship.”

Apprenticeships will be in the spotlight at Telford College’s next open event, from 10.30am to 12.30pm on March 10, when there will also be a showcase of the latest virtual reality learning technology at the Haybridge campus.

It includes a virtual reality ‘cave’ which transports people to working environments around the country, plus headsets, and driving and football simulators.

For more information on latest apprenticeship vacancies, see To register for the college open event, see


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