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Delta Rising Star

The Delta Air Lines Rising Star winner is Faisal Ahmed!

The Delta Air Lines Rising Star Award, in association with Hello! Magazine, recognises young people who, despite having faced substantial personal obstacles, are in sustainable employment as a result of one of our programmes.

This award category recognises those young people who, despite having faced substantial personal obstacles, are in sustainable employment as a result of a Prince’s Trust programme.

Winner

Faisal Ahmed

Arriving in Scotland at the age of seven from Bangladesh, Faisal spoke no English. This led to years of bullying and racism. Watching the health team look after his mum, who suffered with mental health issues, inspired him to help others in the same way. He gained a place on the Get into Healthcare programme and is now a Domestic Support Service Assistant at Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

Finalists  

Alex Smillie

Autism and a stammer meant that Alex felt as though he did not fit in. He was referred to our Get into Logistics course, which provided him with the opportunity to integrate with others and learn about the operations at DHL. The course boosted his confidence and supported him to make decisions for himself, and as a result he was offered a role in the operations department.

Craig Walker

Craig, 25, from Coleraine, Londonderry was eight when he saw his mother die. He left school at 13 and sought comfort in alcohol. Craig knew things had to change when he couldn't afford to buy his daughter Zara an ice cream. He enrolled on the Make Your Mark programme with Marks and Spencer. He now works full-time at Marks and Spencer and plans to work his way up.

Faisal Ahmed
Craig Walker
Alex Smillie

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