Harry Cripps, 18, has had a whirlwind year, completing a British Gas apprenticeship in August before taking on a permanent role at the company the following month.
Not only that, the apprenticeship enabled him to bag the Duke Of Edinburgh Gold award, which he was presented with at a lavish ceremony at St James’s Palace on November 28.
After Harry was accepted on to the IT apprenticeship two years ago, the energy firm also included the chance to try for the award as part of it.
To qualify, Harry had to undertake two five-day expeditions in west Wales and the Lake District and volunteer with younger teenagers at Charters Youth Centre.
For the physical element, he played football for Ascot United FC and used web developing he had learnt at the apprenticeship for the skill section.
Following the apprenticeship, he beat off competition from graduates and older applicants to secure a position as a web developer for British Gas in Staines.
His mum Julie Cripps said: “I cannot believe how far he has come. It is a huge achievement for a youngster and I’m really, really proud of him.
“He wants to stay at the company for a long time and build towards a good career there. He has done so well.
“British Gas went out of their way and changed their budget to accommodate Harry into a permanent role once his apprenticeship was complete, so that was fantastic.”