December 12 2013 Latest news:
Ramzy Alwakeel, Reporter
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
The Old Ford housing association hopes to unearth a handful of budding bricklayers to work on the latest phase of Rainham’s Orchard Village project.
Adverts have gone out for six new apprentices to help with the redevelopment of the former Mardyke Estate.
They could join current apprentice Mark Whitford, 21, who has recently been shortlisted for the national Young Builder of the Year award.
Mark was bullied when he was growing up for being poor, and was a part time carer for his mother when he was studying for GCSEs.
“The barriers I have overcome in my life have only made me more determined to make a better life for my family,” he said. “I hope this apprenticeship sets me on the road to achieving that.
“I bring money home by doing what I enjoy most, which is building new homes for people. This is my first ever job and I’m really grateful for the opportunity – to be honest, it really has turned my life around.”
Old Ford’s community development partnership manager Monica Majumder said: “Mark is an inspiration to other young people and has showed that with dedication and hard work it is possible to overcome hurdles and be successful.
“We are now throwing the net out to other young people who want to follow in Mark’s footsteps as we continue to help to regenerate a community.”
Anyone in Havering aged 19 to 25 who wants to apply for an apprenticeship should call 020 3583 1603.