Posted by Alice Irvine on the 07 Dec 2016

We were over the moon to find out that one of our Traineeship students was shortlisted for the Mayor’s Fund for London Awards. Daniel was nominated by our Work Placement Manager Zoe, who has been taken aback by the progress Daniel has made on the course:
“Daniel began attending WorkStart at Orchard Hill College in January 2015 which was later than the majority of the students who began in September. He signed up to the course as he was desperate to work but was unsure how to go about it and was struggling with the language barrier and dyslexia. When Daniel first started the course he was very quiet, hard on himself and lacking confidence.
Daniel’s main goal was to be a football coach and to visit Stanford Bridge as he supported Chelsea. I was able to get him on a FA Level 1 course at Chelsea, he excelled in the course and Chelsea then offered him to do his FA Level 2. Daniel then started volunteering for Chelsea and is now being paid to train younger players on Friday evenings. Further to this Daniel volunteered at Young People Matter and Dynamo Football.
Daniel still needed paid employment so he took on a two week unpaid work trial at Premier Inn. He did an amazing job, going above and beyond his role. He then phoned every Premier Inn in London seeking employment, followed by emailing them his CV and speaking with the managers. His perseverance paid off when he was offered a trial shift, and he did so well he was successful and gained employment!
Daniel finished his course with us in July 2015, but has come back to college every week to further himself as well as help others who have barriers to learning. He has been passing on skills and knowledge to individuals as well as motivating and encouraging and sharing his story. He is now a confident young man, who last week spoke to a group from Mencap about how to gain employment and shared how he gained confidence. He is constantly asking for feedback and ways to improve himself, he is now a confident, happy young man who is giving to those who are in the position that he was.”
The aim of The Mayor’s Fund for London is to “empower young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds to acquire the skills and opportunities they need to secure employment, climb the career ladder and escape the threat of poverty. We help children and young people play a greater part in the future of London.” We are so proud of Daniel, and this nomination was a fantastic way to highlight his achievements. The full gallery of photos from the event can be seen here: