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Winston proves work experience can lead to a job

Winston Meredith is the first person to get his foot on the career ladder after taking part in our work experience scheme. 

Winston Meredith

The 51-year-old father-of-four has proved that age is no barrier, when it comes to work experience.

Winston was referred to the scheme by Jobcentre Plus, after being laid off from his job as a security guard. Winston had experience working in construction, but was struggling to find full-time work.

He spent eight weeks working on site with Keepmoat as a labourer. Fearing he may never work again, Winston was delighted when Keepmoat offered him a full-time job.

Winston said: “I was willing to try anything that would help me back into work and thought this experience would stand me in good stead.

“Being out of work really knocks your self-esteem, so it was brilliant to be offered a full-time role. I would recommend this scheme to anyone who wants to take a big step forward in getting back to work.”

 

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Apprentice plumber is making his family proud  

Apprentice plumber John Jones has tapped into the training and employment opportunities available and is fulfilling his father’s wish of learning a trade.

The 17-year-old was recently appointed as an apprentice plumber with Keepmoat and is working on Pendleton One – the development of new build homes in the Amersham area. 

From a family of tradesmen, it was John’s ambition to become a plumber. However, he was really worried that he was not going to be able to find a job, until he heard about the apprenticeship opportunity through Salford City College – our training partner.

JohJohn Jonesn said: “When I got the phone call to tell me I had the job I was speechless. It is such a big weight off my shoulders. My Mum and Dad were jumping up and down. My Dad and Uncles all have a trade and I know it’s what they wanted for me. I was so proud to tell my Nana as I am very close to her.

“Getting a plumbing apprenticeship means everything to me, I can now finish my plumbing training and get the onsite experience I need. I’m putting the skills I learn at college into practice and then two days a week I go to Salford City College to study for an NVQ Level 2 in plumbing.”

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