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Case Study – Matthew Rickard

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Matthew was introduced to JBT by James Burke, an advisor for the Xcite Employment Project run by Harrow Council.

JBT made sure he had all the tools and PPE he needed, and got him a placement on the Rayner’s Lane Estate courtesy of Homegroup Housing Association and Developer Galliford Try.


The bricklaying programme on the site finished after 22 weeks and Matthew was moved to the Goresbrook Development courtesy of Countryside Properties.

Matthew has now completed his bricklaying apprenticeship and we would like to congratulate him and to wish him every success in the future.

Matthew says: 

“I have loved being an apprentice. I enjoy coming onto site, and I’m being paid for the work as I learn. At the end of the apprenticeship, I will be a qualified tradesman, with my own tools, as well as an NVQ.

As long as I meet my supervising sub-contractor Dilpreet’s  expectations, I’m also guaranteed a job at the end of the placement, which will give me a start as a bricklayer. After that, I’ll see how I go, and hopefully will continue to improve.”

“Being an apprentice has helped to develop my confidence, as well as giving me experience of being at work. In college, the lecturers let you off a lot with your timekeeping and with getting your work done. But when I’m on site, I am earning real money – it’s a real job and I need to work hard”

“For anyone looking for work and training, I would definitely recommend becoming an apprentice. You’re gaining experience, and a qualification, and as long as you meet expectations, you will hopefully have a good chance of obtaining work.”

Post Script

Matthew qualified in November 2014 and went into work with Endeavour Projects.