Courtney, 18, from Edinburgh, faced tough family issues in the past which impacted on her school and social life. Although she stayed on at school to complete sixth year, she didn’t know what she wanted to do afterwards.

A victim of bullying in her younger years meant Courtney’s confidence and self-belief were low and she had problems trusting people.

Whilst attending an event she met Amy from The Prince’s Trust Scotland who told her about a course that The Trust was running in Edinburgh. Amy felt it would be a good fit for Courtney as it would focus on building confidence and working with others.

Courtney said: “When Amy told me about the course, I thought it was a good idea as it sounded like it would help me learn how to work with others and improve my confidence. Going to The Prince’s Trust has helped me to develop these skills and more. It has helped me get back into a routine and pushed me out of my comfort zone. I've tried so many things I wouldn’t have been able to before!”

After completing the Live course, Courtney successfully applied to the Independent Living Fund for money towards a laptop and driving lessons and was also encouraged by Amy to apply for a Childcare Apprenticeship, which she subsequently secured.

Now, Courtney has started her apprenticeship and has career aims for the first time.

She added:

I probably wouldn’t have applied for the childcare course without Amy’s encouragement and help, even though I wanted to. Now, my ambition is to graduate and become a qualified childcare worker. I would also love to become a Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador and carry on working with them.