A Beverley man who left school with no qualifications has achieved 100 per cent in a maths exam.
Damien Lister, 26, of St Andrews Street, is one of the first people to graduate from a new training course designed to help people into work.
As well as passing GCSE equivalent exams in maths and English, he has gained a vocational qualification in fork-lift truck driving.
Now he is hoping that his qualifications will help him land a job after more than two years out of work.
Damien said: “I didn’t do very well at school. I was a bit of a renegade when I was younger and wanted to be involved with everything that was going on around me.
“My maths teacher did say if I tried harder with my school work I could be up near the top but because you have not concentrated you will walk away with nothing, and he was right.
“I’ve grown up since then. My dad has had a big influence in the past few years. He told me this is your time. Get your head down and get some qualifications because it’s time to make something of yourself.
“I feel like my life has turned around. I was absolutely over the moon to get 100 per cent in my maths exam because it proves what I am capable of.”