I used to work with my Dad in construction when I was younger. One day a plasterer came in and showed me a bit about the work. I found I had a natural aptitude and decided I wanted to be a plasterer. I've now got nearly 20 years experience under my belt and still enjoy it!
Though I've always had the skills for work, other parts of my life haven't gone as smoothly. Coming out of prison a few years ago, I didn't have any housing to go back to. Without my own place, things were really hard for a time. The births of my niece and nephew gave me massive motivation to turn things around in my life. I want to be an uncle that they can be proud of.
Staying with family meant I could start working again. Recently I went to renew my construction licences, but was told that my qualifications weren't valid. I can't work as a plasterer again until I get my NVQ. I'm determined to do this as soon as possible and have already been to visit a training centre. They told me I can do a fast track assessment, which will let me get back on site as soon as possible. The fees for the course are the only thing standing in my way.
I can't wait to be back in work and be able to contribute to my household again. In two years time I want to be in a place of my own with steady work, security and independence.