Thomas reaps rewards for his work enthusiasm

Apprentice Thomas Talman shakes hands with his new employer, Tony Slack, from Quayside
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A CONSTRUCTION apprentice has been given a head start in his bricklaying career – thanks to a housing developer.

Thomas Talman, 20, from Fareham, recently completed his Level 3 Diploma in Bricklaying at Fareham Technology Collage.

He was invited to gain some experience at David Wilson Homes’ new Oakhill Gardens development at Swanmore.

His enthusiasm during his time helping out on site was so impressive it resulted in him being given a full time job with one of the housebuilder’s contractors, Quayside.

Thomas said: ‘After graduating from college I had limited opportunity locally but work experience on the Swanmore site has given me the confidence I needed to get into full-time employment.

‘I’ve now been given a start, I’m enjoying the work and now looking forward to progressing my career in construction.’

Oakhill Gardens will be available to buy soon and features two, three, four and five bedroom homes, in the Meon Valley area of east Hampshire.

Anthony Dimmick is David Wilson Homes’ community liaison manager.

Mr Dimmick said: ‘We feel it’s really important to offer local people starting out in the construction industry the opportunity to find out more about their chosen careers.

‘Thomas has been helping build our new show homes at Oakhill Gardens, in Meon Valley.

‘He’s made an excellent contribution to the construction work here, and I’m delighted his experience led to him being offered employment with our sub contractor.

‘Gaining real world experience is particularly valuable for college graduates, and I am pleased David Wilson Homes was able to help with that.

‘I’d like to wish Thomas all the very best in his new career.’

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