Builder Ben constructs his future with Greenfields’ support

Builder Ben constructs his future with Greenfields’ support
15th October 2018 Amanda Bhavnani
Ben Garwood and staff

A young man with Down’s syndrome has proved he has the right tools of the trade after receiving his NVQ Level One Diploma in Construction Skills following Greenfields’ support.

20-year-old Ben Garwood, of Kelvedon, had limited experience of a working environment until Andrew Shortridge, our Operations Manager, became aware that he was looking for work experience two years ago. He arranged two work placements for Ben to learn a range of skills alongside Greenfields’ in-house repairs team

Ben soon demonstrated how hard-working and entertaining he is, so Mentor, Andrew, arranged for him to attend Braintree College to begin his Construction Skills course last year. Ben’s journey has now led to being offered and independently starting his NVQ Level One diploma in Bricklaying at Braintree College, complementing the Life Skills course Ben has ecently completed at Chelmsford College.

Andrew, who has a disabled relative and understand the barriers this can create in entering the world of work, said: “It’s been a joy to see Ben develop and grow during his time with us. He now has a range of skills, including carpentry, decorating, plumbing and plastering, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.”

Ben said: “It’s so much fun and energetic at college. Working at Greenfields has helped me to learn and I feel more confident and understand more. I want to help to build homes in the future.”

Scott Bridge, Head of Repairs and Maintenance, said: “Ben has had such a good impact on us, with his humour and positive attitude. We want to continue to support and help him and will be offering him the chance to put his brick-laying skills to the test with some specialist work experience in the next few months!”

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