The only young woman in a class of 21 Derby College carpentry and joinery students is working towards a career as a site manager.
Courtney Curzon (17), a former pupil at Breadsall's Da Vinci Community School, initially lined up a fulltime Derby College course in carpentry and joinery.
But before she started, she arranged her own work experience with builder GF Tomlinson at Little Eaton. She so impressed the bosses that they decided to offer her an apprenticeship.
Courtney grabbed the opportunity, and she is now a year into her apprenticeship, while also studying on day release at Derby College for her NVQ Level 2 in Carpentry and Joinery.
The Belper teenager was inspired to work with her hands by her grandad, who taught welding and woodwork at a Cheshire school.
I'm the only girl on my course of about 21 people but I think they've got used to me now!
"I'm enjoying it and getting good feedback. In the future, I'm planning to get my qualifications and go on to be a site manager.
"It's great to look at a site you've worked on once it is finished and know that you were a part of it.