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Northern Spire Limited strengthens ranks with apprentice Jennifer’s arrival

A financial services firm has invested in its future with a new appointment.

Northern Spire Limited has welcomed 16-year-old finance and business apprentice Jennifer Cruddace.

Her arrival follows the appointments of financial advisor Matthew Allmond and marketing executive Tom Harvey.

Jennifer, from Red House, Sunderland, this year completed her GCSEs, gaining an A* in English Language, but decided to forgo college in favour of hands-on experience with the aim of becoming a financial advisor.

Northern Spire, which provides a wide range of services for clients looking to build, grow, protect or preserve wealth, is a senior partner practice of St James’s Place Wealth Management.

Jennifer said: “I may only be 16 but I have a mature head on my shoulders.

“Most people my age are on auto pilot, they go to college without a clear understanding of why they are studying what they have chosen and then they either leave without further clarity or go to university, picking up a large amount of debt.

“I’m not against further institutional education when it serves a clear purpose, but I have a practical mindset and there is no need for me to go to university when I can gain real-time learning and remain debt-free.



“I made an informed decision, and it has resulted in me starting my dream career with an excellent employer.

“My apprenticeship spans 12-months and I’m learning so much from trainee paraplanner Marti Smiles and other members of the team.”

Director David Cook added: “It is easy to forget that Jennifer is 16.

“She has the tenacity and confidence of someone twice her age and a level head that helps her stay focused at all times.

“She has an extremely bright future and will be a force to reckon with when she gains her qualifications as a financial advisor.”