Alfie, 16, from Swansea, had a history of low attainment and low motivation towards schoolwork but after losing his parents, school became a safe and familiar place.  

At this stage, he was introduced to The Prince’s Trust Achieve programme which helps young people who are struggling at school, and helps them to gain confidence and motivation. He responded positively to the programme and gained a Level 2 Award.

Significantly, Alfie’s attendance reached 99 per cent over the time he was involved in the programme.

The flexible approach to presenting work accommodated Alfie’s learning style and enabled him to achieve where the demands of classroom based learning limited his ability to succeed. 

Alfie was so successful on the work experience unit that he was offered paid Saturday work. In particular, the course built up his confidence and helped him develop social skills to use in the workplace. Practice interviews, workplace visits and industry speakers have all contributed to Alfie’s development.

I know I have gained a really good qualification. I didn’t think I could ever do this as I was never any good at school before I did the Achieve programme. Now I’ve got something to give employers.

Alfie is highly motivated in seeking employment and training opportunities. He has applied for an apprenticeship and is optimistic about his future.

Alfie's success on this course will make him an excellent ambassador and he has been invited back to the school to motivate and encourage younger pupils.

Alfie's Aunt has been awarded special guardianship, which means Alfie and his sisters have a permanent, secure home.