William beats depression to launch new career

FEW qualifications and low confidence can be the two biggest barriers to finding work – but one Weston man has overcome these problems to launch a new career.

William Wright left school with few GCSEs and a feeling that his teachers had ‘given up’ on him because he didn’t know what he wanted to do in life.

He spent time doing casual work as a plasterer, but lack of formal construction trade qualifications meant he then spent two years unemployed.

The Upper Kewstoke Road man wanted to work, but found himself trapped in a vicious circle; lacking the self belief to perform well in interviews and unable to boost his confidence because he couldn’t find work.

But with help from the Prince’s Trust charity, the 25-year-old has been able to ccarry out some work experience, complete professional qualifications and secure a permanent job.

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He now works with Nimbus Conservation working to maintain heritage buildings throughout the UK.

William said: “To me, success means having a good job. While I was unemployed, I felt like a failure.

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“Unemployment knocked my self-esteem and made me feel like I wasn’t good enough at anything.

“The Prince’s Trust Get Into Construction scheme gave me a chance, and I left with the skills and self-confidence I needed to find work in the construction industry.

“I now have a great job doing something I have always wanted to do.”

The Prince’s Trust says the problems William overcame are mirrored by thousands of other young people in the South West, with as many as one in seven experiencing regular depression.

Studies show that unemployment can be a key cause.

Ricky Libbey, the charity’s acting regional director, said: “Unemployment presents a very real and frightening mental health problem for young people in the South West – and the longer they are out of work, the greater the risk.

“The Prince’s Trust can help vulnerable young people back on their feet and into work, building motivation and self-esteem.”

For information on how the Prince’s Trust can help you, call 0800 842842 or visit www.princes-trust.org.uk

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