Lee Babbage made such an impression on a work placement at a Telford school that he has been taken on as an apprentice.
Lee completed a placement at Haughton School in Madeley during his time at Telford College.
He studied a foundation course, English and maths, and level one sport – and then progressed onto public uniformed services at the Haybridge campus.
When he finished his college courses, Lee was successful in his application for the post of an apprentice sports coach at the Haughton School.
He is now working there, where he supports PE lessons, swimming, football and the extra-curricular physical activity programmes.
Kristy Stuart, foundation tutor at Telford College, said: “Sport was an area he showed particular interest in during his time with us, so it’s great to see he’s now getting the chance to work in an area he enjoys.”
Lee said: “I love sport and keeping fit, and this apprenticeship will really get my career heading in the direction I want it to go.
“I enjoyed my work experience at Haughton School, as I was able to help the teachers prepare for lessons.
“I remember in one lesson I was able to help and support a child when they were struggling – I’ll remember this for the rest of my life.”
Gill Knox, headteacher at Haughton School, said: “I previously knew Lee as a pupil at Haughton and was delighted to welcome him back on his work placement.
“Lee showed a determination to secure paid employment and his motivation was rewarded when he successfully applied for the post of apprentice sports coach with us.
“I am sure that the children and school will benefit from his empathetic approach and engaging personality.”