A teenager from Eastwood who suffers from autism, dyspraxia and dyslexia has secured full-time work through a scheme run by Nottinghamshire County Council.
The council’s ‘Project Search’ gives students with learning disabilities in their last year at school job opportunities at the City Hospital in Nottingham.
Ryan Gibbons, 17, worked in the IT department as part of the project and has now secured a year-long position as an IT support technician.
The former Foxwood Academy student said: “I have been into IT since I was three so this is the perfect job for me helping to fix computers and servicing machines.
“I struggled at school due to anxiety issues and mild depression but my experience at the city hospital has given me more confidence. I now feel positive as I have a purpose in life.”
The project is an initiative involving Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust and special school Foxwood Academy in Bramcote, which is funding the project.
Chris Bromley at the hospital said: “It has been a truly rewarding experience watching Ryan progress from being so shy and reluctant into a well respected member of the team. He has improved so much not only in his technical skills but also his social behaviour and how he interacts with customers.”
Four of the five people on the scheme have so far got placements.