A HOUSING association has given an employment boost to a 24-year-old man from Belper.
Tom Fox is one of two new recruits on a work placement scheme being run by Amber Valley Housing.
The six-month-long placement, for 18-to-24-year-olds, is designed to help build experience in the working world and develop skills for the future.
Tom left Belper School after taking A-levels in maths and business. He didn’t want to go to university as he was worried about student debt, and instead joined his father’s tiling business as an apprentice tiler.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough work to support them both, so he started to apply for other jobs.
He said: “The biggest barrier was lack of experience and that was why I was getting turned down. This position is ideal for me because it gives me the experience I didn’t have, even if it is only for six months it will give me an important first step on the ladder. I believe the placement will really expand my chances of future employment.”