AN AWARD winner overcame illness and bereavement to complete a course designed to get young people's lives back on track.
Jake Richardson (20), of Maltby, impressed so much on his Prince's Trust programme he was named rising star at the charity’s awards ceremony.
Jake managed to land a job with Stagecoach after completing his work experience at the firm during the 12-week course Team course run by South
Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, which aims to aims to help those aged 16 to 25 to build their confidence and employability skills.
“I first heard about Team through my partner’s father and went along to the taster day,” said Jake.
“I was hooked straightaway and couldn’t wait to go on a residential, get job experience and meet other people like me.”
Jake said he had been so determined to do the 12-week course that he had kept calling his Prince’s Trust contact to ensure he had a place.
“I was determined to make the most of Team,” he said.
“Even when I had to go to hospital for an emergency appendix removal, I still managed to turn up on Monday morning.
“To say my team members and leader were surprised would be an understatement.”
Jake said he had also lost his grandma during the programme but had been determined to carry on.
After improving his CV and completing work experience with Stagecoach, he impressed colleagues so much he was offered a job.
“I really enjoyed my time there and it is great to feel like I am part of something,” he said.
“I’ve started to build my career with them and look forward to seeing what the future holds.”
The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards honour the achievements of young people who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life and had a positive impact on their local community, as well as people who have played a part in supporting the work of the trust.