“When I left college I originally wanted to be a medic in The Royal Navy but I had quite a serious knee injury which prevented me from going down that route.
“Instead, I went straight to university to study animal science but that didn’t really work out either so I decided to become a lifeguard at my local leisure centre.
“It got to a stage in my life where I’d been in the same job for about four years and I was stuck in a rut. I wasn’t 100% happy but I didn’t know what to do next.
“I feel incredibly lucky to have found a job that I love and I believe that anyone can turn their life around with a little bit of help.
“I’ve started getting involved with a group of unemployed people who are in a similar place to where I was because they’re also at a crossroads in their lives.
“I can completely relate to how they’re feeling because that was me just a couple of years ago. I’m at a stage now where if I pass my exams then I will look at pursuing my dream career of being a trauma nurse.
“I just want to inspire people with my story and show them that anything is possible. There are loads of opportunities available in the care industry so I would encourage anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship to go ahead and do it.”