Completing an apprenticeship has been key in helping Suzanne Jones gain a permanent post with Forest of Dean District Council.
And she is so convinced that training can open the door to a worthwhile career she is now mentoring other young people who want to follow a similar route with the local authority.
Suzanne, 21, from Berry Hill, Coleford in the Forest of Dean is the latest entrant for the Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo's Apprenticeship Awards 2014.
They recognise the young people and companies who are helping to close the skills gap in British industry.
Suzanne has completed a business and administration apprenticeship at Forest of Dean District Council and has entered the outstanding apprentice (public sector) category of the Apprenticeship Awards.
She now works as a planning enforcement technician at the council.
Her training including working in different departments and since completing her apprenticeship she has worked in corporate support, commercial services and customer services.
"I am now a full time planning enforcement technician assessing breaches of planning control," said Suzanne.
"My apprenticeship opened a door for me and I now relish every opportunity for my knowledge to expand, it has become my ambition.
"I have now also completed short courses in planning law and planning enforcement to maximise my skill set."
Suzanne said an apprenticeship had given her the confidence to develop both personally and professionally.
"I chose the apprenticeship route as I wanted to learn and gain a qualification, bot not at university," she added.
"I don't regret my decision, it's the most beneficial thing I have done.
"I now feel that I am forward thinking and flexible, with a positive can do attitude."
The Apprenticeship Awards offer a unique opportunity to showcase the apprentices and employers who are helping to drive the county's economy.
This year there are 11 categories and in the coming weeks we will be highlight the entrants.
It is very easy to enter the awards but don't delay – the closing date is April 25. Simply visit gloucestershireecho.co.uk/apprenticeship or gloucestercitizen.co.uk/ apprenticeship for the details.
It all culminates in an Apprenticeship Awards evening at Hatherley Manor Hotel, near Gloucester, on June 12, when all the winners will be revealed.
The Apprenticeship Awards have joint title sponsors Gloucestershire College and The Warranty Group together with Renishaw; Mercedes-Benz of Cheltenham and Gloucester; Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Safran; CF Roberts; Clarkson Evans; Gloucestershire Engineering Training; Amey; Gloucestershire County Council; EDF Energy and Gloucester City Council.