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WHEN Will Hartley snapped a ligament in his knee playing football, the worse year of his life began and his career as a brick layer lay in ruins.
During months of treatment and rehabilitation Will endured operations, a recurrence of his injury and three months confined to his bed.
He said: "I was off work for 16 months and I was bed bound for three months. I was on morphine tablets and everything, it was horrible.
"Then I did all the rehab, got myself better and it snapped again and I had to have more operations. I was inside for months, I couldn't go out, see people or do anything - it was the worse year of my life."
Once Will was back on his feet he turned to one of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's Prince's Trust Teams to ease him back into normal life.
"I wanted to go on the Prince's Trust just to get back into things and get into a routine. Start speaking to people again, do some activities and get some confidence.
"The Prince's Trust was life changing for me, it made me realise more about myself and opened my eyes a lot. I was lucky we had a really good team."
Will applied for a place on the CSA apprenticeship scheme and was accepted. He said: "I've learnt loads of stuff and I love coming to work now.
"I've changed quite a lot, I put myself in other people's shoes a lot more. When I go to some houses I realise how lucky I am.
"My parents are really proud of me. As a brick layer I was at the top of my level and I wasn't going to go anywhere else.
"I'm happy now I'm in a job where I can go higher up a career ladder and not building walls for the rest of my life."
A measure of how well Will has done in his new job is the fact he made it down to the final few from 400 applicants for a full-time CSA role with GMFRS - just six months into his apprenticeship.
He said: "I got an interview for a job as a CSA and the lady said I did really well, but I didn't get the job. It just came down to experience. There should be more opportunities at the end of my apprenticeship.
"I was pleased with my interview, everything I was asked I have experienced as an apprentice."
Will hopes to continue working with GMFRS after his apprenticeship and his success with his last application has given him the confidence and desire to secure a CSA role with GMFRS in the future.