Troubled teen transforms life to become top apprentice
WHEN a top Bolton apprentice faced unemployment he used his initiative to land himself another job.
Former Westhoughton High School pupil Dean Todd, aged 17, was until the end of August, working at A1 Mirrors at Swan Mill, when he heard from his boss that the firm was to cease trading.
Undaunted by the devastating news, the teenager, who won Bolton Apprentice of the Year at the Bolton and Bury Business Awards in June, visited other business in the mill and was snapped up by firm Handles and Hinges.
An investment which has already paid dividends after Dean, who has a variety of qualifications from Bury College, won the latest round in the regional final of National Apprentice of the Year.
Dean came from a troubled background and struggled in mainstream education.
He overcame personal problems including anger issues to become a success.
Dean said, “This award is the icing on the cake. Starting my apprenticeship has transformed my life as it has given me the confidence and self-belief to achieve so much in such a short space of time.
“My employer and my Bury College assessor worked together and acted like mentors to get me through. I hope I can now be an inspiration to other young people considering an apprenticeship for the first time.”
Dean will now progress through to the final judging stage.
The national award winners will be announced during the opening ceremony of the UK’s largest national skills and careers events, The Skills Show, at the NEC in Birmingham in November.
Bury College Deputy Principal Sandra Morton said: “We are delighted that Dean’s personal achievements have been recognised through this prestigious award. We will be supporting Dean at the national award Ceremony in November.”
And his new boss is equally as delighted with Dean’s success.
Janet Taylor of Handles and Hinges said: "We are in the same building and we had seen Dean knocking about and we thought he was such a nice lad and such a good worker that when he knocked on our door, we decided to take him on."
Dean, was given his latest award the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year 2013, along with Sarah Ratcliffe, 23, from Sarah's Hair of Bolton, who received the Advanced Apprentice of the Year at the Cooperative headquarters in Manchester.
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