We caught up with Joel, our Samsung Young Achiever of the Year 2015, to find out how his life has changed since last year’s Celebrate Success Awards.

This March, we invited Joel back to the national finals of Celebrate Success 2016 at the London Palladium. One year on from winning his award, he retraces his steps - from the Marks & Spencer shop floor to the main stage.  

Join Joel as he remembers his Prince's Trust journey in this short video

I came on The Prince’s Trust programme from living on my own, having no education. I just thought, I want to do something different. I want to make a difference. I never wanted to sign on at the job centre.
Joel Fields, Samsung Young Achiever of the Year 2015

Joel was moved from one foster home to another for 10 years. At 17, he was put into independent living accommodation which helps young people without family support to learn to look after themselves.

After being forced to drop out of college because he couldn’t afford the travel costs, Joel’s future looked bleak. But then he found Make Your Mark, an employability course run by The Prince’s Trust in partnership with Marks & Spencer.

Joel impressed staff at Marks & Spencer and was soon offered a full time customer service job.

After all his hard work and determination, it was a dream come true for Joel to be named Samsung Young Achiever of the Year 2015.

Receiving the Young Achiever award was so incredible. I never thought my name would be called out, and it was called out by Thierry Henry!

So how have things changed since then? Since winning last year, Joel’s been promoted at Marks & Spencer. He’s now a store coach looking after 350 staff in the Midlands’ flagship store.

He’s helping The Prince’s Trust and Marks & Spencer inspire more young people like him to find brighter futures on the Get into Retail programme in his volunteering role as a Young Ambassador

Joel is flying high and achieving his dreams, thanks to your support:

The Prince’s Trust is life-changing. If you want to develop yourself, if you want to become more independent, if you want to live in a world that is so tough, I just think The Prince’s Trust is the way.
Joel Fields

With special thanks to Shotglass Media for filming and producing this video.