A man who moved to Grangetown for family reasons with no job, no contacts and limited qualifications has beaten the odds to win a highly-prized apprenticeship.
Macauley Irving, 23, who moved to the area from Manchester, is the 300th young person to be helped into work, education or training by the Redcar and Cleveland Council’s Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) team.
He has started a new career as an apprentice for the international logistics company Den Hartogh at Wilton as a warehouseman and forklift truck driver.
The YEI team helped him gain qualifications including paying for courses, improving his interview technique and even helping him with transport costs and appropriate clothing for interviews.
“At first I was struggling because I didn’t have the right qualifications for what I was applying for, but moving forward with the Youth Employment team really helped,” said Macauley.
“They were brilliant, they got me on all the courses required including forklift and health and safety qualifications but they helped in other ways too.
“Craig (Dring), my YEI advisor, helped from preparing for interviews to getting to and from the courses and then to and from work. They even helped with forms and what to wear.
“Craig and the team were just brilliant. I think it was only with them for two to three months and in that time they pushed everything through and I got work. I would recommend going to the YEI to anyone.”
Craig Lewis, team leader at one of Den Hartogh’s Logistics Terminals which stores and transports dry bulk cargo including chemical polymer resin at Wilton, near Redcar, said: “Macauley’s doing brilliantly.
“He’s really enthusiastic, a quick learner and he’s a really nice, polite lad. It works because you can mould them from new and I would recommend any employer thinking about apprentices to get in touch with the council’s Business Support team.”