My main motivation is to be a better person. I've made poor decisions in the past, but now I want to change my life around and be successful in a career that I enjoy.
I first became homeless after my parents emigrated, and I wasn't financially able to keep my tenancy. I had nowhere to go, and didn't realise that I could get help with my housing, so I stayed with friends for a while. I spent some time in prison and, when I came out, I had nowhere to go again.
Improvements came when I engaged with a church in London - they offered me a temporary roof over my head and support with the things I wanted to do.
I've done driving work before, and have always enjoyed it. I like the freedom that a driving job entails, and I enjoy being responsible for the items that I'm carrying. I've been inspired to do better in the field after watching TV shows about lorry driving and speaking to other drivers. They've encouraged me to get a lorry licence and told me that there will always be work when you have one.
So this training will be a great next step! I'm looking forward to knowing more about the techniques of driving such a large vehicle - I believe it will be a challenge I'll really like. And it will help me to achieve my goal of having a stable job with a stable income.
In two years, I hope to be a more accomplished lorry driver, to be able to go and visit other countries - and to have a home of my own.
For personal reasons, Carter has chosen to use a pseudonym rather than his real name.