‘Please let me work’

NOT ALLOWED: Heather Young checks out the internet to find work that she says she is not being allowed to take
NOT ALLOWED: Heather Young checks out the internet to find work that she says she is not being allowed to take
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A Leyland teen is campaigning for the law to be changed after spending 18 months trying to find a job.

Heather Young, 15, from Farington Moss, says she has sent out countless CVs and has looked for work in childcare, shops and salons, but to no avail.

The law says Heather is not allowed to work before 7am or after 7pm, for more than two hours on a school week day, or for more than 12 hours a week excluding holidays.

As a result she says she can’t afford to go out with her friends and is worried about how she’ll pay for her school prom.

She said: “I will stock shelves or sweep floors as long as I get a bit of money. I have given so many CVs out. I have handed them in at shops and emailed them to people but nothing. I’ve been looking since I was 14 now.

“It’s really had to find jobs out there at the moment. My prom is coming up at school and it is £30 to get in. The deposit is £5 and I can’t even afford that.

“I’m missing out on things because I can’t earn my own money to pay my way and I don’t want to take things from my mum.”

The youngster, who is in year 11 at Worden Sports College, won’t be of school-leaving age until July so is stopped by the law for working more than a certain amount of hours a week.

Determined Heather, who says she refuses to live on hand-outs from her parents, said: “I really feel strongly about this.

“When I ask people for jobs they say I’m too young and they think just because I’m not 16 yet I can’t do anything.

“I love fashion and at one point I had everything. Now I’m trying to sell my Ugg boots on eBay for extra cash. I’m selling toys from my childhood for £5 and £10.”

Heather also works hard at school and is expected to get top grades in English. She hopes to study child care or photography at Runshaw or Preston College, or do work with animals at Myerscough College next year.

She said: “I’m not stupid and I refuse to leave school with anything less than a C.

“Things are busy at school with revising for exams but I still have time to work.

“I will leave school in April and at the moment I am willing to work from 4pm to 9pm or all day on Saturday and Sunday.

“I really am serious about this. I don’t want to do a paper round because I don’t have a bike but I’m willing to work in shops or something.

“My parents aren’t together anymore so when it comes to things like school trips we do struggle.

“People our age need money too. I need a job and I won’t stop shouting about this until everyone hears.”

Hr story is similar to that 15-year-old Sam Green-Jeffries, who fell foul of the same 1963 child employment law that state that under-16s can only work only between 7am and 7pm.

He was featured in the national media after being told that he couldn’t start his job as a paperboy at 6.45am even though this made him late for school.