Doncaster student’s joy at job success


A nervous student with autism has landed a job at her favourite restaurant, after completing a college course in catering.

Amy Johnston, of Mexborough, studied at Communication Specialist College, Doncaster, to gain understanding of catering and find employment in the industry. After building her confidence on the college’s Department of Work and Pensions-backed course and during work experience placements, the 20-year-old has since secured herself a job as a waitress at Pastures Lodge, in Pastures Road, Mexborough.

Amy said: “I was really worried when I first went to college – I got stressed about the transport there and back, what the teachers would be like with me, and all the different students. I really didn’t know what to expect or what I was going to do.

“The college was very good with me and let me decide. I wanted to try cooking so they let me work and study in the kitchen.

“My parents and I are really pleased with the college, they worked hard to help me. I loved my time at college and now I love my job – I can only say thank you to everyone involved with helping me.”

Employment Liaison Officer Lianne Wood from the college said: “She has gone a very long way in the short time she was with us.”