Down Syndrome Teen Finally Gets ‘Dream Job’ As Apprentice Two Years Later.

A man with Down’s Syndrome is now living his dream after a building firm hired him as an apprentice scaffolder.

Todd Scanlon, 29, has been employed on a permanent, part-time basis by Coles Scaffolding Contractors Ltd, and works two full days-a-week for the company.

Over the last two years Todd ‘begged’ the company owner Martyn Coles, 35, for a position there and it seems his persistence has indeed paid off. As the saying goes, “If at once you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.”

Already Todd’s passion has shone through, taking pride in every task he is handed and carrying out all of his duties with a smile.

He said: “I like all of it except the heights. I like being at the bottom of the scaffolding best. It can be a bit scary going up high because it can be shaky.”

“I like helping Colesy, my boss. I wanted to be a scaffolder because I like to help people. I carry all the tubes [poles] – the 10-foot, the 16-foot, up to the 20-foot ones.”

The company has now adopted the slogan ‘No Stigma’, to prove that Todd’s disability should not be a reason to hold him back from the same opportunity as others. He’s kitted up the same as everyone else, and assists with the scaffolding to ensure it is safe and level.

The business owner said: “We just want to show that he can do it. Everyone is entitled to work. It doesn’t matter if you have a disability, or you come from a broken home, or whatever. I’m more than willing to give everyone a chance.”

“If you know him, you’ll know that he loves what he does. Anything you ask him to do, he’ll do it. Todd does all the same tasks as us. He’ll get the tools ready to be loaded onto the van, and he’ll bring all the fittings out from the van at each site.”

“He does a lot. So far, there hasn’t been any limits to what he can help with – and I don’t think there are going to be any.”

Seems, it’s a win-win for everyone involved. However that’s not all – Martyn has added that he is now working with the Construction Industry Training Board (CIBT), who organise all his company’s apprenticeships, to train Todd up properly and help him achieve his Level 2 NVQ scaffolding qualification.

Todd has even been nominated for the Swindon Advertiser’s Wiltshire Community Pride Awards, where he has been shortlisted as a finalist, the ceremony will take place on 26 October.

We wish Todd the best of luck with his bright future. Take a look at the video clip below:

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