Joiner jack beats the odds

Rossendale Free Press - - Joiner Jack Beats The Odds -

AN ap­pren­tice joiner has over­come ad­ver­sity to win the top hon­our at an awards cer­e­mony hosted by celebrity gar­dener Char­lie Dim­mock.

Jack Sil­cox, an ap­pren­tice with Water­foot- based con­struc­tion firm B& E Boys, was di­ag­nosed with the de­vel­op­men­tal co- or­di­na­tion dis­or­der dys­praxia while at se­condary school.

But with the sup­port of his teach­ers and fam­ily – and his own de­ter­mi­na­tion – he stud­ied at week­ends, evenings and dur­ing his hol­i­days to achieve eight GCSEs.

The 20- year- old, from Bacup, who is study­ing for his ap­pren­tice­ship with Ac­cring­ton and Rossendale Col­lege, won the ‘over­com­ing ad­ver­sity’ award at the recent Young Persons in Con­struc­tion Awards.

He was then named the over­all win­ner at the event which is or­gan­ised by the Con­struc­tion Devel­op­ment Al­liance to recog­nise ex­cep­tional young tal­ent in the North West con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

John Boys, a di­rec­tor at B& E Boys, said: “Jack man­ages his dys­praxia pos­i­tively on a day- to­day ba­sis.

“He is a hard- work­ing young man and his col­leagues find his en­thu­si­asm in­fec­tious. We are de­lighted that he has won th­ese awards.”

Jack Sil­cox won the ‘over­com­ing ad­ver­sity’ award

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