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Lewis O'Neill

Lewis O’Neill, 17, from Garden City, Deeside has turned his life around and is looking forward to a career as a furniture upholsterer after being set on the right track by the Welsh Government’s Traineeship Programme.

Lewis has completed Traineeship Engagement and Level 1 Programmes, achieving a City & Guilds Level 1 Extended Award in Employability. Lewis had left school without any qualifications and ended up in the justice system before working with Coleg Cambria.

“I now have a good job with good prospects and hope that my story can inspire someone else,”

said Lewis who is working towards a Foundation Apprenticeship in Upholstery.

Keen on a career where he can work with his hands, Lewis is now an apprentice at Westbridge Furniture, having impressed on a work placement.