Teen’s life in the fast lane

14th April 2011'16-year-old Daniel Robinson was awarded student of the year at Southkirk School, PC Sean O'Connor has since helped him win a place on a mechanics course and he is thriving at a placement at BSB Garage, Normanton. 'Pictured L/R: Garage owner David Bennett, Daniel Robinson, PC Sean O'Connor and Mechanic Graham Logan.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
14th April 2011'16-year-old Daniel Robinson was awarded student of the year at Southkirk School, PC Sean O'Connor has since helped him win a place on a mechanics course and he is thriving at a placement at BSB Garage, Normanton. 'Pictured L/R: Garage owner David Bennett, Daniel Robinson, PC Sean O'Connor and Mechanic Graham Logan.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

A HARD-WORKING teenager has turned his life around after earning a placement with a mechanic company.

Daniel Robinson, a 16-year-old student at Felkirk School in South Hiendley, has secured an apprenticeship with BSB Garage, in Normanton.

He will start work after the summer holidays and will spend half of his week at Wakefield College’s SkillsXchange, Glasshoughton, and the rest picking up vital skills from the mechanics at the garage.

He has already worked there as part of a programme with the centre and said he was looking forward to going back.

Daniel, of Haselden Road, Wakefield, said: “It has been brilliant and has given me something positive to do.

“It has also built up my confidence and now I know that I want a career as a mechanic.”

PC Sean O’Connor, who is West Yorkshire Police’s safer schools’ partnership officer for Felkirk, said he was really proud of Daniel and his dedication - which included turning up an hour and a half early for work because catching the next bus would have meant he was ten minutes late.

The centre specialises in teaching pupils with behavioural and emotional needs and PC O’Connor works with students to help them create better lives for themselves.

PC O’Connor said Daniel’s success would prove to other young people that anything was possible and thought that he would be inspirational for them.

He said: “He has difficulties but he is doing his best to overcome them. He has worked his socks off to get the position and I am really proud of him. He will blossom and has a great future ahead of him.”

Daniel was awarded student of the year 2010 by the school because of his eagerness to succeed and his work ethic.

The school is also creating a celebration wall, which will feature pupils who have gone on to have successful careers.