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Partnership success leads to new role for Danny

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Danny Atkinson - Working at Preston's College Danny Atkinson - Working at Preston's College

Community Gateway Association’s strategic alliance with Preston’s College has seen a local student complete his journey into work.

Danny Atkinson is living his dream working as an apprentice joiner on the colleges £3m In-zone development that will create an enhanced and flexible learning environment based around enterprise.

Preston Vocational Centre (a subsidiary of CGA) has supported Danny in his studies whilst also attending the College for other academic support in his quest to gain an apprenticeship.

It has been a whirlwind month for the 19 year old. He celebrated a double success at the Construction Development Alliance awards, winning the “Overcoming adversity in construction” and “Apprentice of the year” awards.

Throughout his studies he has been employed as an apprentice joiner with a number of different organisations, including Gateway PropertyCare, CGA’s property maintenance team.

Daniel has gained the respect of colleagues, tutors and his apprenticeship officer for the efforts he has made to learn his trade and develop his skills.

The apprenticeship placements were provided by nationally-recognised shared apprenticeship scheme Constructing the Future (CtF), operated by The Calico Group in partnership with CITB.

Constructing the Future is a North West enterprise, meeting the challenges of the construction sector by creating high quality apprenticeships for young people.

Now working for Conlon Construction on the site, Danny’s new job is putting a huge smile on his face, “Preston Vocational Centre gave me an opportunity to do something that I really wanted to do. I never liked school and admit I wasn’t that good at academic subjects. As a student at Preston’s College, it has been great to be able to give something back for the support I have received”

Martin Grayson, Centre Manager at Preston Vocational Centre said,

Danny started attending Preston Vocational Centre in Year 9. It was clear from his first session that Danny had a real flair for Joinery and a high skill level in other trades such as Bricklaying and Painting & Decorating.

During his time at PVC, Danny was always hard working, keen to learn a new skill and on occasions wanted to stay extra hours to complete certain tasks. Due to his enthusiasm and natural ability we encouraged him to take up an apprenticeship in Joinery , and for his efforts he has achieved these awards.

I am impressed by his positive attitude, polite manner and the way he conducts himself in front of others. To see him grow into such a successful young adult from when he came to us in year 9 was a very rewarding experience.”

Ann Beetham, Apprenticeship Manager at Preston’s College said, “Danny’s success is testament to his own determination and talent as well as being a great example of the way Apprenticeships can work as a route to learning for many people together with delivering critical on the job training to help learners become the most employable they can be.”

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