RICHARD Nicholas is learning to scale new heights.
The Coulby Newham 19-year-old has been taken on as an apprentice scaffolder by Teesside company J Mac.
He is the family run firm’s first ever apprentice - and the Haverton Hill based scaffolding business hopes to be able to take on more in the future.
“The schemes that are in place at the moment to help apprentices in to work have helped,” explains J Mac’s contract manager Luis Straker.
“Funding from the Government helps pay for training and he can learn on the job by working with ourselves, that way he can learn from the firm and from more experienced workers.”
J Mac have recently won new scaffolding contracts with Stockton Borough Council, Fabrick Housing and Tristar Homes meaning they were able to look at taking on an apprentice.
Construction industry training organisation the CITB stepped in to help.
Richard’s two year apprenticeship involves on the job training as well as attending courses to learn safety and risk management skills.
“We are a small company and would like to use the apprenticeships to help grow the company,” added Mr Straker.
As we reporrted yesterday, the Evening Gazette’s apprenticeship campaign is just a whisker away from hitting the 2,000 mark.
In the 14th week of the campaign - with seven days left to go - 1,958 apprentice opportunities have now been created in the North-east.