An electrical apprentice sponsored by Hudson Contract is helping to get Britain building again.
Thomas Benninger has been working on three housing developments in North Yorkshire.
The 26-year-old from Bridlington is learning valuable skills as he carries out installations at the new-build sites in Malton, Holtby and Cloughton.
We launched the apprenticeship scheme in response to the lack of opportunities for young people to develop valuable skills and enjoy rewarding careers in the construction industry.
Hudson pays a wage contribution of £50 per person per week for the first year of their training with local employers.
Thomas started the level 3 advanced apprenticeship in electrotechnical installation and maintenance in October 2019.
He spends four days a week with his Harrogate-based employer, Martin & Gerard Electrical Contractors, gaining practical experience and one day a week on his studies at Hull College.
Like many people, Thomas was placed on furlough during the lockdown but he returned to work in May to help finish the housing developments.
Meanwhile, his college lessons have moved online and he has been preparing for exams.
Thomas said: “I have enjoyed returning to work and picking up from where I had left off.
“I am enjoying learning new aspects of the electrical trade and intend to work hard to ensure my progression through my apprenticeship.”
Ian Anfield, managing director, said: “We are delighted with Thomas’ progress and he can be proud of his work.
“Building new homes and infrastructure will help Britain to recover from the coronavirus crisis.”
Thomas graduated from university with a sports coaching degree in 2015 but no clear career plan.
He decided to pursue a higher skilled trade after stints at a golf club and kitchen extraction cleaning company.
Thomas said he enjoys the technically challenging nature of electrical work as well as the potential career opportunities.
Hudson’s payroll figures show that highly skilled electrical contractors can earn in excess of £70,000 per year - more than enough to afford a mortgage on a new home.