Bracknell's Jonathan Couzens is named runner-up in the Young Achiever of the Year category at the Prince’s Trust
Published: 9 Dec 2013 17:300 comments
A CORAL Reef employee made a splash at the Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success awards when he was named runner-up in the Young Achiever of the Year category.
Jonathan Couzens, 21, was presented with the runner-up prize at a ceremony in London after beating more than 80 nominees.
He was selected as one of the finalists after judges heard how he overcame about two years of unemployment to gain qualifications and experience as a lifeguard.
Roy Wilson, duty manager at Coral Reef, said: “It is a real pleasure to work with Jonathan, he is mature beyond his years and is determined to make the best of the opportunities he is presented with.
“To be named as runner-up in the Prince’s Trust Young Achiever of the Year award reflects just how hard working and motivated he is.
“The award celebrates the special achievements of young people who have completed a programme and gone on to succeed in employment, so it is very fitting that he was recognised for his hard work by the judges.”
In February 2012, the Prince’s Trust sponsored Jonathan to complete a National Pool Lifeguard (NPLQ) Course through the Job Centre.
He was offered a 12 month modern apprenticeship in June 2012 before he was offered a permanent deal in January.
Cllr Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, corporate services and public protection at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “Congratulations to Jonathan on his outstanding success at the Prince’s Trust Awards.
“His motivation and determination is inspiring and I’m pleased that Coral Reef has been able to help him find employment which he can now turn into a career.”