A man with Down’s Syndrome is living his dream after a building firm took him on as an apprentice scaffolder.
Todd Scanlon, 29, has been employed on a permanent, part-time basis by Coles Scaffolding Contractors Ltd, working for them two full days-a-week.
Todd had ‘begged’ scaffold company owner Martyn Coles, 35, for a job for the last two years, and his persistence paid off.
He loves his job, carrying out every task he is asked to do with focus and a smile, and cracking jokes with his colleagues.
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.’
Todd joins the other five members of the team on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Martyn, who has run the scaffolding company, based in Swindon, Wiltshire, for the last five years, said that Todd’s disability does not hold him back.