A youth worker, who found it hard to get onto the employment ladder, has helped make a film to inspire young people into believing anything is possible.
Fixer Sam Jackson (19) thinks teenagers need to raise their aspirations and not think so negatively when it comes to their future.
The Workington teenager, who did an apprenticeship in youth work, explains:
‘I had to start off somewhere that I didn’t like very much and it was a bit of a struggle.
‘But I was persistent and now I’m doing something I love.’
His finished Fixers film shows young people holding up placards with their career aspirations.
Sam hopes to take the film around different schools to show students what opportunities they have.
‘I’m really happy with the finished film. I enjoyed the whole process of working with Fixers.
‘It was great to be creative and get an important message out there.’
The 19-year-old thinks more needs to be done to tackle youth unemployment, something he feels, leads to further social problems.
‘A lot of efforts are put into alcohol awareness and things of this nature, but, I feel, the reason young people do these things, starts from the fact that they don’t have a job,' Sam explains.
‘It’s about engaging young people to see the value of education and employment.
‘My advice is to be persistent and don’t give up. I hope my Fixers project will inspire people to think big and aim high.’
You can watch the film above.