We’ve recently caught up with Josh Scott, winner of our ‘Lifetime of Training’ competition, and wanted to introduce you to his older brother Ryan, who, like the rest of his family also works in the BSE sector.
Ryan didn’t really enjoy school and left feeling he wasn’t up to much as he didn’t fit the ‘university’ mold, but thanks to advice from his dad, Jay, who works as a plumber and heating engineer, electrician and heat-pump installer, he set out on a more vocational path that has led him to the successful and lucrative career he was after. We’ll let Ryan explain:
“School was awful, if you weren’t interested in applying to university, they weren’t interested in you. I left when I was sixteen and thanks to my dad, who’s been a real mentor over the years to both me and my brother, I signed up on a two-year plumbing course at a local college.
“After that I spent three years working with Dad until we both went to work for Belfor, a flood and fire restoration company where we are required to use a range of skills. Belfor paid for me to do my gas training at Logic4training, who incidentally trained my Dad! He says there’s nowhere better and I get it, they’re excellent. I’m planning to go back to Logic soon to get my Commercial Catering Gas ACS qualification.
“It’s funny and I don’t understand it, but a lot of people look down on the trades. Schools should promote vocational training and apprenticeships more. I’m lucky I had my dad behind me, to give me the push I needed and to be honest, I’ve not looked back.
“I’m twenty two now and have earned enough to be able to buy my own house. Not many of my schoolmates who went to university are in the same position. It’s hard to see them now, saddled with large debts, finding it difficult to find work and ending up working back at Tesco’s.
“I’m very grateful that the path I took has given me job security, a real sense of achievement and a rewarding career where no two days are the same. Belfor is a nationwide company so we travel all over the place on different jobs, facing and solving different challenges every week. Working with people is a real bonus. I get to feel I’m part of a team and I’ve also felt my confidence grow as I deal with the customers – you never know what you’re going to come up against and it’s great to feel you’re helping other people.
“I’m very proud of my brother Josh for winning Logic’s competition. He’ll get a great start. He’s got real drive and ambition. I can see it. We’re already making plans to work together – setting up our own company in the future. If you’re prepared to work hard, there’s nowhere you can’t go in this sector. It’s exciting.”
If you’re a school or college leaver and unsure which way to go, come and talk to us and we can set you out on a vocational career path that can give you the confidence, financial security and job satisfaction that Ryan has found.