Buying a bike with money earned picking litter and cutting grass at weekends has led to a full-time job and a long-term career path for an East Cleveland teenager.
Daniel Bunting, 17, from New Marske, began a paid work experience programme at Redcar and Cleveland Council while still attending school, working seven hours every weekend picking up litter and cleaning.
Instead of a Playstation or Xbox, Daniel spent his first ever wage on a push bike to get to work and he impressed his superiors so much that he secured a position as a Street Scenes and Neighbourhoods apprentice.
Gary Cummins, Streetscene operations manager for the council, said: “I was really impressed that Daniel showed initiative and spent his first ever wage on making sure he has reliable transport to work. Daniel showed that he is self-sufficient and won’t rely on other people.”
Daniel left school in June and enrolled into college full-time, continuing his paid work experience placement, taking on more responsibility and carrying out duties involving machinery.
Quickly realising he preferred his hands-on work placement to his college course, Daniel decided to apply for an apprenticeship so he could carry on his work placement full-time.
He said: “I started the council’s paid work experience programme to see if it was something I would enjoy doing later on in life.
“Surprisingly, I really enjoyed working every weekend. I preferred hands on work over being sat inside all day long. I realised I would rather be outside and this apprenticeship allows me to do that.”
Having completed health and safety training as part of his work placement, Daniel has now started his apprenticeship.