Teenager lands a 'plumb' job
A TEENAGER has been brought in from the cold after being offered a plumbing and heating apprenticeship.
As reported, William Bradley decided to get his career going by appealing to plumbers going into PTS Plumbing Trade Supplies in Estate Road No 5 in Grimsby by wearing a sign asking for someone to take him on.
It didn't take long for the 16-year-old to get noticed and after doing a few weeks of work experience he has now been taken on as a full-time apprentice.
William, of Yarra Road, Cleethorpes, said: "It only took about two hours for people to start approaching me asking what I was doing.
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"I soon got offered some work experience but I had to wait until I finished school.
"It couldn't have worked out better for me.
"When I was standing outside wearing the sign I did feel a bit silly but it was one of the best things I have done.
"I started my work experience about a month ago and on Monday, October 1, I was offered an apprenticeship with Thorpe Plumbing, Heating and Gas Services.
"I couldn't be happier, especially after sending out loads of CVs and not getting a response.
"I am doing one day at the Grimsby Institute and four days' on-the-job training and it is great." Thorpe Plumbing Heating and Gas Services has been in business for more than 33 years and provides a variety of services ranging from unblocking drains to installing kitchens.
Business owner Denis Thorpe added: "When I saw William outside PTS I thought he was showing some great initiative to parade himself outside in the cold with the placard over his shoulders.
"After speaking with him he sounded like an honest and reliable person who would easily get motivated into a plumbing career.
"I had thought about employing an apprentice to expand the business and I think William deserves to be given a chance and if his training works out he can only be an asset in the future.
"He is doing well so far and is currently being shown how to hang radiators and install pipework clips."
The Grimsby Telegraph is currently trying to put 200 students in work experience across a broad range of industries as part of the Your Life: Your Future campaign.
If you could offer a work placement to someone like William, e-mail email@example.com or call 01472 372236.