It was the best Christmas present his family could have asked for. Hearing that Alan had stood on stage singing a solo at the school Christmas concert.

Filled with newfound confidencehappy in himself and full of potential, Alan has made a remarkable transformation, thanks to the support of his loving family, the team who run the Achieve programme at the Dacorum Education Support Centre and The Prince’s Trust.

Alan did not fit in at school. He did not get on with the other pupils and often walked out of lessons when it was getting too much for him As much as he loves his family, it was not easy living with five other people in a two-bedroom home. Things got worse when they were forced into temporary accommodation following a severe flood. 

To give Alan some extra support he was encouraged to join the Achieve programme. At first, he did not get on with anyone and preferred to work alone. However, he was determined to do well and started to enjoy the activities and working with the other students 

Alan really enjoyed his visits to a local recording studio where he developed his love for singing and thrived on his work experience at a care home. It was here that he realised he wanted a career in the health and care industry 

Things are much better for me now. I am more confident, I’m happier and feel that I fit in. I now have a fabulous apprenticeship at a local day centre where I care for people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and other physical and mental health conditions.  I feel that I really fit in here and enjoy looking after people with different needs."

It’s taken time, but Alan has found his place in life. 

Alan is our National Ascential Educational Achiever of the Year 2020. This award recognises young people who have overcome barriers, developed new skills and improved their education prospects.