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Barnsley Lad Gets Apprenticeship Award

Tuesday November 12 2013

A BARNSLEY lad who left school at 14 and with no qualifications has been named apprentice of the year.

Billy Wood, 19, of Westfields, Worsbrough Bridge, won first place at the Chartered Institute of Builders annual awards in Sheffield.

Billy has been training with Barnsley Community Build for more than three years after leaving Barnsley Academy at Kendray.

He studied joinery on a learning programme and is now on an apprenticeship and has an NVQ level two and diploma level two.

He has been offered an interview with B&Q at Stairfoot, where he's currently an apprentice.

"I didn't think I'd won because the other finalist had got lots of qualifications and had done an apprenticeship with a big company.

"But I'm glad I won. I was presented with a trophy and a cheque for £500 which I'm going to put away.

"I didn't have a good time at school and got into a bit of trouble but now I've got my head down."

Although his time with BCB has now finished, Billy continued as a volunteer and acting supervisor on a refurbishment project creating bedsits for people with mental health problems.

The South Yorkshire Construction Training Group receives nominations from organisations in the construction industry where excellence and achievement in training and development has been achieved.

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Reply Posted by me on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 13:24
Well done to him

Reply Posted by Gloit on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 13:29
Nice one, well done mate. Nice to see a young person in Barnsley doing some good. Keep up the good work.

Reply Posted by Josh on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 13:31
Nice one! Well done, but isnt bnq closing at stairfoot for a sainsburys? kinda a silly by bnq dont ya think, all best anyway pal

Reply Posted by Mark Lang on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 13:34
This lad needs setting on somewhere and not serving burgers/local asda , i'd rather have someone working with me that has drive /passion than a kid with 9 A levels that doesn't know the difference between a toaster /kettle .

Reply Posted by Tom on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 14:02
Well done to him, but shame on our society. We have a housing crisis, and a qualified builder who has served his time on an apprenticeship, possibly on the pitiful wage of £2.65 an hour, then continued working for free as a volunteer, and looking for work, and instead of being able to find a proper paid building job within the week, he instead is on another apprenticeship in a retail environment and hoping to land a job there, and I'm pretty sure B&Q hire staff on zero hour contracts.

This young lad, and the rest of his peers and wider society need jobs, and they need jobs that pay proper wages, and those wages need to be sufficient to buy/rent housing.

If a builder, who is apprentice of the year is struggling to find proper work in an economy with a housing crisis and increasing population and demand for housing there is something seriously wrong.

Reminds me working at the food factory, where people were queuing for work and being sent home, and these people were going hungry. Complete economic injustice.

Reply Posted by lyndon on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 14:40
Always someone waiting to snipe. Shouldn't people get a second chance then? Even when they have done it when they're young and daft. The quick to judge shit throwers on here make me sick. Well done billy lad

Reply Posted by hunnybunny on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 18:16
Lyndon if you're referring to the comment made by Tom then i think you need to re-read it as he is most certainly not 'throwing shit' nor is Mark lang he is just stating that sometimes you dont need to have the qualifications to do a job (not many people are academic and struggle) just so long as you have the heart and drive to do something, Mark is also saying for someone to set him on. Shame on you Lyndon to be so quick to judge yourself!

Reply Posted by lyndon on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 19:30
I was referring to a post that has since been taken down that was having a pop at the lad concerned. So keep your shame and the rest of your nonsense

Reply Posted by mick on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 19:42
well said Lyndon..i also read the post refering about the lads past..good luck to the lad,,he seems to have turned himself round and things look a bit brighter for him,,

Reply Posted by Mum of three on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 20:34
Well done love I hope you find something soon you deserve it

Reply Posted by J. Jeffrey on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 11:20
Shame B&Q are closing,

Reply Posted by jonboy on Thursday November 14 2013 at 17:11
Well dune to him

Reply Posted by mark on Thursday November 14 2013 at 18:46
well done Billy pal

Reply Posted by matty on Thursday November 14 2013 at 20:15
Well done billy mate

Reply Posted by Lomas locksmithsbarnsley on Saturday November 16 2013 at 22:07
Well done and good luck.hope some building companies in a good position have seen this article

Reply Posted by Anon on Saturday November 16 2013 at 22:12
Good on you Billy. I taught this young man at Barnsley Academy, to say that he 'got in to a bit of trouble at school' is an understatement, however it looks like he has turned himself around and worked hard to get where he is now. In a way it's a shame that it has taken him this long to knuckle down, but hopefully this will be an eye-opener for other students who struggle academically in terms of what they can actually do if they put their minds to it.

Reply Posted by Sarah on Saturday November 16 2013 at 22:16
Nice one, that's what makes a difference to our community. A lad like that who's not scared of a bit of graft and can turn himself around. Brilliant, got all the time in the world for you x

Reply Posted by Billy on Saturday November 16 2013 at 22:19
Fancy going for a drink sometime then?

Reply Posted by Sarah on Saturday November 16 2013 at 23:16
I love to Billy,I will be in Town Sunday night,xxx

Reply Posted by Eve on Saturday November 16 2013 at 22:29
Well done you, lots of luck for the future.

Reply Posted by carol on Saturday November 16 2013 at 23:02
WTG billy you are a top lad, not only does billy do the jobs he is doing he also helps out at my parents his great aunty and uncles doin the jobs in the garden that i cant do,and taking my dad to the local canal so he can fish, he is a hard working lad and wish him all the best in everything he does he deserves it

Reply Posted by Jaime on Saturday November 16 2013 at 23:25
Good lad billy done well shag

Reply Posted by LV on Sunday November 17 2013 at 16:04
Well done Billy! I left school with 8 GCSEs and ECDL, completed a level 3 college course then changed direction and did an apprenticeship. I didn't manage to get a proper full time job until I was almost 21! I've always prided myself on academics, but this just proves academia isn't the only way to get where you want in life. The only thing that matters is drive and passion to do more and get further!!

Very well done Billy! You're a credit to yourself, your family and our town!