A YOUNG man from Ripley who was seriously hurt in an assault, but overcame his injuries to excel as an apprentice builder, has been awarded a £1,000 bursary.
Jamie Wasley, 22, was attacked in November, 2009, by a 41-year-old man when he tried to protect a 20-year-old girl in his group of friends from being assaulted.
His jaw was broken in two places – requiring painful reconstruction surgery.
Now the college where he is completing his apprenticeship and his employer David Millhouse, of Ripley, have been impressed with his commitment to work during this time.
John Kirkland, chairman of Bowmer and Kirkland, said: “We set up the bursary in 2009 to support young people starting out in their career in construction and Jamie is a very worthy winner.
“I am particularly impressed with Jamie’s employer, David Millhouse, who has stood by this young man when perhaps others would not have been so supportive.”
Jamie said: “I am really grateful for the bursary which will enable me to upgrade my tools and also help towards my next level of qualifications.
“I am not one for sitting at home and feeling sorry for myself so went back to work and college three weeks after the incident as it was my way of recovering and getting on with my life.
“It has been difficult because I have had to have five different operations in the past two years but Mr Millhouse and the college have been a great support and I am proud of what I have achieved so far.”
Jamie is in his final year of an Advanced Apprenticeship with David Millhouse Builders and is completing his qualifications at Derby College’s construction academy in Ilkeston.
David Millhouse said: “We are very proud with how Jamie has coped with all this. “He is a great lad and a hard worker. This was an unprovoked attack and I was determined to help him all I could. I have always had apprentices as I want to support young people into the workplace.”