Faisal, 25, from Scotland, arrived in the UK at the age of seven from Bangladesh. Our Get into Healthcare programme supported Faisal to develop the confidence he desperately needed.
Arriving in Scotland at the age of seven from Bangladesh, Faisal Ahmed, aged 24, spoke no English. This led to years of bullying and racism.
Forced into an accountancy degree he hated, he returned to Bangladesh. It was on this trip that his world turned upside down when he was told that his mother was actually his stepmother and his birth mother was in Scotland.
He returned to Scotland to track her down, but discovered she was misusing drink and drugs, had major mental health issues and was being cared for by health professionals. Despite this, he spent as much time with her as possible only to face devastation two weeks later when she tragically died at her home in a fire due to a discarded cigarette.
Gaining a place on The Prince’s Trust Get into NHS Lothian Healthcare Facilities programme, which helps unemployed young people find a job in that industry, Faisal soon proved a big hit with all the patients. He learnt a range of new skills and became one of the top trainees. As a result, NHS Lothian had no hesitation in offering him a role in Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, as a Domestic Support Service Assistant. He now has his sights set firmly on a career in mental health.