A SHEFFIELD student who took part in a special scheme designed to get more people from disadvantaged backgrounds into university has landed his dream job.
Lee Del Rosso, aged 21, was one of the first students to join the course as an A-Level student in 2007.
He graduated from the University of Sheffield after studying dental hygiene and therapy and starts work as a dental therapist in September at a practice in Pontefract.
Access to Dental Occupations – Practice and Tutoring is a two-year programme for ambitious teens interested in a career in dentistry.
It supports students as they make their applications to university and guarantees them an interview at Sheffield University’s School of Clinical Dentistry.
Lee, originally from Nottingham, said he had been apprehensive about realising his dreams of further education as he would have been the first member of his family to go to university.
But the course’s motivational activities convinced him he could achieve his full potential.
He said: “The warmth, integrity and passion expressed by the team took me out of my 17-year-old mindset and placed me amongst academics, professors, dentists, surgeons, university tutors and students.
“We were encouraged to develop our team working skills, which are crucial to a career in the healthcare sector, and could also get hands on with the tools of the trade,” he said.
David Broomby, an outreach activities officer at Sheffield University, said: “We wish him well for the future and hope his story can help inspire others out there.”