Hamish Scott-Godley attended a BEEP programme last year and has just been awarded the “Exeter Achiever of the Year Award” at the recent disability confident event at Reed Hall, Exeter University.

Hosted by Pluss, Devon County Council, Westward Pathfinder and the Exeter and Heart of Devon, Employment and Skills Board, the event is a national campaign which encourages employers to be positive about the skills that everyone can bring to the workplace.

Over 80 businesses attended and the keynote speaker was Michael Caines, he knows only too well what it takes to succeed, having lost an arm in a an accident many years ago. Michael has grown up in Exeter and is passionate about the area and what it has to offer.

Hamish now works for Redrow homes in Exeter, he was unable to attend in person to pick up the award as he needed to be on the building site at 7.30am that morning and did not want to let his fellow workers down. This epitomises the work ethic Hamish has adopted, the BEEP programme enabled him to realise his ambition and through an Exeter College Apprenticeship he is now in employment and contributing to the local community.

The event also saw other delegates pick up awards and it was closed with music from the fabulous BBC2 Choir of the Year Semi Toned.

The pictures show Karime Hassan, CEO of Exeter City Council, presenting Hamish’s award to Mike Blakeley of Exeter College.