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Success for Oldswinford man who pursued his dream career
9:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
A MAN from Oldswinford scrapped the dole to jump start his dream career and is now the proud owner of a car garage.
Christopher Garratt, aged 21, was frustrated when he struggled to find employment after completing a vehicle maintenance advanced apprenticeship at Stourbridge College in 2011.
He felt that his life had stalled: “Being on jobseekers allowance gets you down after a while, it makes you feel like there’s something wrong with you.”
But last year, Mr Garratt got a much needed boost from the Prince’s Trust when he took part in the charity’s self-employment training course.
The charity, which aims to reduce youth unemployment, funded the course and equipped Mr Garratt with the knowledge and confidence to pursue his dream.
He said: “It gave me freedom and made me feel useful again.”
Mr Garratt put his skills into practise in July, when he took over Oldswinford Motors, off Heath Lane.
With help from his family and friends, he restored the garage back to its former glory and is working hard to drum up business.
Mr Garratt said: “I’m servicing a repairing motor vehicles and I do a bit of restoration but that’s in my spare time when it’s a bit quiet. The first year will be stressful but I’m still getting help from the Prince’s Trust.
"I have an advisor who comes in and gives me advice about the business and then reports back to the charity to let them know how I’m doing.”
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