AN APPRENTICE dental nurse from Cirencester was left open-mouthed after coming face-to-face with one of the most important figures in British politics.

Courtney Morgan-Jones, who works at Genix Healthcare in Dugdale Road, was invited to lunch with Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne at Number 10 on Thursday, March 6 as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

The 17-year-old said: “I had a sort of nervous and excited feeling beforehand but it was a really great experience. And the paintings inside Downing Street were fabulous.”

Courtney, who has been at the Cirencester dentist for the last five months, said she would “definitely recommend” the apprenticeship programme to other young people.

“It’s given me a great start in the career that I want to do,” she said.

She was accompanied on the trip to London by Mustafa Mohammed, managing director of Genix Healthcare.

No stranger to Downing Street, MP for the Cotswolds Geoffrey Clifton-Brown praised Mr Mohammed for taking part in the apprenticeships scheme.

He said: “I pay tribute to Mustafa and other employers for providing young people like Courtney with a wonderful start to their working career.”

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