A young man from Hucknall has been nominated for a royal award in recognition of his efforts to escape unemployment to start an NHS career.
Andrew Eaton, 24, is up for the Rolls Royce Rising Star award at The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Celebrate Success Awards.
The awards recognise the achievements of disadvantaged young people who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life and had a positive impact on their local community.
Experiencing the blow of redundancy and unable to provide for his young family, Andrew felt desperate after being unemployed for two years.
Losing confidence that he would ever find work and with his self-esteem plummeting, Andrew enrolled on a Prince’s Trust course called Get into Hospital Services.
A trust spokesman said: “He worked in the logistics department, moving items around the hospital, sorting out deliveries and handling refuse.
“Andrew was present and punctual every single day, his confidence grew and he became a key member of the group, always showing a can-do attitude.”
After the course, he was quickly signed up to the Carillion agency to work in NHS facilities and subsequently became a permanent member of staff, having demonstrated total reliability and commitment.
Award winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Roundhouse in Derby on Wednesday, November 9.