Whoever said parenting “gets easier” clearly hadn’t factored in that your child will always be your child, even when they’re a young adult making their own way in the world.

As a parent, there are few things quite as hard as watching your child make decisions about their education or career that could affect the rest of their lives.

But mum-of-one Erica Dean believes that standing back and letting her daughter, Georgia, make her own decisions has been key to Georgia forging a career path that allows her to flourish.

Georgia, 20, studied business at college. She began applying for apprenticeships in 2017 and is now 18 months into a business apprenticeship with Dixons Carphone.

Erica says she was aware of the opportunities that an apprenticeship would offer her daughter, but she wasn’t prepared for how hard she’d have to work to secure one.