AN inspirational Warwick man is setting an example after overcoming personal obstacles to become a national award winner.
Darren Brough, 38, of Millers Road has severe dyslexia which he felt put limitations on what he felt he could achieve when he was younger. But he is now encouraging people to try adult education to turn their fortunes around, as he did.
He spent years working as an unskilled labourer on building sites and farms, before committing himself to a career in pest control, for which he has just won a national training award by the education body UK Skills, which promotes adult learning.
After funding his own training he got a job with Pestbusters Ltd and through ongoing education has worked his way up to becoming operations manager at the national company in just six years.
Now he is hoping that his tale of hard work overcoming hardship can help those who are becoming downcast during the current economic difficulties.
He said: “It’s a rough time out there, but I want my story to be a beacon of hope for everyone.
“For years I lacked confidence in my academic abilities, but helped by an understanding employer, this has been turned on its head.
“I’d say to anyone out there, find out what you want and go after it and if you have the determination eventually nothing can hold you back.”
His managing director Dave Nash went with Mr Brough to the awards ceremony at Birmingham Town Hall, and said: “Darren has grown so greatly in confidence in the time we’ve known him and his commitment to ongoing education has been a great part of this development.
“His award is so well deserved and all his colleagues, as well as friends and family are proud of him. He is a great example to everyone.”