A teenager has secured a job in retail after a five-week placement with the Prince’s Trust.
William Dixon, aged 18, from Manor Top, Sheffield, had been unemployed since leaving school despite applying for positions regularly.
That changed when he secured a place on a course based at The Source Skills Academy in the city centre and run by youth charity the Prince’s Trust.
William said: “I wasn’t working but I knew I didn’t want to claim benefits and just do nothing.
“My grades weren’t very good and I really didn’t enjoy school but I wanted a job and to work more than anything.
“It was the course that gave me the experience, confidence and understanding of retail, from studying customer service, to body language and stock analysis.”
William’s course was taken by 15 young people who undertook written exercises and observational retail sessions in Meadowhall.
And William impressed the manager at household goods retailer PerfectHome so much that he was offered the first job that came up at the Sheffield branch once his placement finished.
Now a cashier, he said: “The job meant everything but I can see it as a career too.”