School leaver lands dream painting job

07 June 2013

Ryan (front) teaching students painting at Samuel Laycock school


New Charter tenant Ryan Hollingworth has a bright future ahead of him as a painter and decorator after being awarded a year-long paid traineeship at the New Charter Building Company in Dukinfield, Tameside.

Ryan (17), from Stalybridge, a former student at Samuel Laycock school for children who require additional assistance with their learning, first came to New Charter for a two week placement in January 2011.

Ryan enjoyed his work experience so much that he jumped at the opportunity to come back in November 2012 when it arose through another scheme – this time with Works4U - an alternative education provider in Stalybridge that helps young people who are not in employment, education or training with learning and employability.

His manager and workmates have been so impressed with his work and enthusiasm, he was granted a paid traineeship through a New Charter Great Neighbourhoods scheme. His work arrangements will allow him to continue with numeracy and literacy training at Works4U one day a week.

Ryan said “College wasn’t working out for me, but New Charter offered me work experience, and now a traineeship. I’m learning with the people I work with, which is great, and they’re good fun to be around. I want to go back to college at some point but then return and work full time.”

Steve Shilley from New Charter said: “Ryan’s performance on the job has been great, and we’ve really enjoyed seeing him progress so well. We’re thrilled to bits that we can now offer him a position with us.”

The opportunity has allowed Ryan to break out of the vicious circle too many young people are familiar with – that they need work experience to find a job, but experience is hard to come by.

Ryan recently went back to his old school with New Charter for an ‘industry day’ to show off his new talents while teaching students to paint.

Ryan said “You can’t tell how good someone is at a job without seeing them at work. It was really important for me to get this placement so that I had this chance to prove myself”.