Student Naomi aimed higher with her work at vets’

PURRING WITH PRIDE -- student Naomi Sterling celebrates her award with vet Graham Oliver and Cosmic, one of the feline patients at Buckley House -- DISPIC NHUD11-2409-1
PURRING WITH PRIDE -- student Naomi Sterling celebrates her award with vet Graham Oliver and Cosmic, one of the feline patients at Buckley House -- DISPIC NHUD11-2409-1

AN ENTHUSIASTIC student has won an award after impressing during an eight-week work placement at a vets’ practice in Hucknall

NAOMI STERLING (19) used to live in Hucknall and went to the National Comprehensive School in the town but is now studying at university in Cardiff.

She was back in her home town during the summer to work at Buckley House on West Street as part of the innovative Ashfield District Council scheme, Aim Higher.

The initiative is designed to showcase work and business opportunities available in Ashfield for graduates of the future — in a bid to keep their talents within the district.

So well did Naomi do at Buckley House that she scooped a top prize at an Aim Higher awards evening.

She was named the Most Enterprising Student of the 22 who took part in the latest tranche of the programme.

During her time at Buckley House, Naomi produced a business plan for the future of the surgery, incorporating a client survey.

She also got hands-on experience with several patients and worked closely with the vets.

Naomi was highly regarded by staff and worked well under her own initiative. She was recognised for her enthusiasm, enterprise and confidence.

The winners each received an engraved paperweight, a certificate and a cheque for £100.

Vet Graham Oliver, who owns Buckley House, said: “We are very pleased to have had Naomi with us and congratulate her on her award.

“She was extremely helpful throughout the period she was with us and a number of her ideas will be incorporated in our busy practice within the next few months.”

Paul Thomas, economic regeneration manager at Ashfield Council, said: “The Ashfield Aim Higher Scheme provides students with a high-quality project placement that is linked to their studies, as well as giving local businesses support in developing new ideas and processes through working with bright young people.

“The scheme is helping young people to come back to work in Ashfield, which ensures that local skills are retained in the district for the benefits of the local economy.

“This project is proving to be a great success with obvious business benefits.

“I would encourage local companies to take part in the scheme and make use of the skills available on their doorstep”.