Arron was referred to The Cornwall Foundation of Promise – the foundation behind the training programme at restaurant, fiffteen Cornwall – by the police and youth offending team.
He was working as a chef, but was getting into trouble with the law, partly due to anger management and drug issues. He was offered an opportunity at Fifteen Cornwall to gain kitchen skills and qualifications and, although he struggled to adapt at first, he went on to gain top grades in the kitchen within his group of trainees, also gaining an NVQ Level 1. He also went on an anger management programme and has tackled his drug issues.
Following the part ESF-funded programme, Arron excelled on a work placement at a hotel on the Isles of Scilly and was offered a paid Chef De Partie position. Arron has also recently taken up the position of Head Chef at a local restaurant.
Arron believes the programme has helped him become a different person. He said, “I have learnt many things... I have an understanding of the good things in life now, and that makes me a positive person that only wants to learn more.”