Todd Scanlon who has Down Syndrome is apparently living his best life after getting his dream job, working as a scaffolder. The Coles Scaffolding Contractors Ltd firm in Swindon has given the 29-year-old boy a permanent, part-time contract after Todd ‘begged’ the owner repeatedly over the course of two years. In his case, his persistence paid off, as the owner finally decided to take him as an apprentice scaffolder for two full days a week.
Todd’s passion has already shone through, as he proudly takes every task he is handed and carries out all his duties with a smile. Kitted up just like everyone else and helping out with the scaffolding to make sure it is safe and level, Todd 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.
Martyn, the owner of the firm said that he is delighted with his efforts and it has even led the company to adopt the slogan ‘No Stigma’ in a bid to remind to employees that no disability should hold anyone back from having the same opportunity as everyone else.
Talking about Todd’s impact on the firm, 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.
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Martyn went on to say that Todd is an amazing employee, adding:
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.
In a nutshell, this situation was a win-win for everyone. But the story doesn’t end here, as Martyn said that he is now discussing with the Construction Industry Training Board (CIBT), who organize all his company’s apprenticeship, to train Todd properly and get him a Level 2 NVQ scaffolding qualification. Todd has even been nominated for the Swindon Advertiser’s Wiltshire Community Pride Awards and shortlisted as a finalist. The ceremony will take place on October 26, and we wish Todd the best of luck.
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