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Recognising a Rising Star

Alex_Rising StarAlex Smillie, one of our Get Into Logistics participants, was recently crowned the winner of The Prince’s Trust Rising Star Award for London and South East.

After participating in a two week Get Into Logistics programme, Alex successfully secured a full time position with Specialist Services. Alex has been working with Kevin Webber and the team at DHL Heathrow Flight Assembly Centre in Colnbrook who are incredibly proud to have supported Alex and lots of other young people to gain work experience and employment on the site.

Alex was diagnosed with Autism as a child and has a stammer which is heightened in stressful social situations. This has affected his whole life and has held him back in interviews, team work exercises and social situations.

Speaking after the awards, Alex said: “I really wasn’t expecting it. I’m really grateful for the award. If it wasn’t for DHL and The Prince’s Trust I wouldn’t be where I am today and would still be looking for a job!”

The Rising Star Award recognises the progress of young people who have developed new skills to enable them to make positive steps in facing their challenges and stabilising their lives.

Here is a short video about Alex’s story: