A young man from Warrington has overcome a number of setbacks and taken his first steps towards his chosen career, thanks to the Prince’s Trust Team Programme.
As a result of illness, Paul missed two years of high school. It meant he left with no qualifications. By the age of 19, Paul says that he was ‘drifting along, looking for a job but getting nowhere’. His dream had always been to become a paramedic and he’d applied to join the Army as he thought this would be a good way in. However, Paul was turned down on medical grounds and this badly affected his confidence.
Desperate to do something with his life, Paul applied to take part in the Prince’s Trust programme. He was very keen on the idea of going to University to study to be a paramedic and his mentors on the programme helped him to apply. Unfortunately, he needed to have a Driving Licence before applying and he failed his test just before the deadline.
Whilst on the Team Programme, Paul gained valuable experience during a work placement, which was relevant to his career choice. He also volunteered with Pathways, a drug and alcohol support service, as part of his extended work experience placement.
If it wasn’t for the Prince’s Trust, I wouldn’t have had the confidence or motivation to apply for a full-time job. I now work to help people with addiction problems. My ambition is to become a paramedic.
After completing the Prince’s Trust programme, Paul applied for a full-time role with Pathways and was successful. He is currently employed there and working towards his dream of going to University to study to be a paramedic.
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