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Thomas is one of 148 apprentices who benefited from Manchester City’s commitment to using local labour to build their City Football Academy.

Thomas grew up in Fallowfield, Greater Manchester and left school aged 15 with no qualifications. For the next few years, he worked in a variety of jobs and ended up as an office cleaner, unhappy at work and disillusioned with working on a zero hours’ contract.

At his local Job Centre, Thomas came across the Prince's Trust Get into Construction course for young people with potential.

Thomas at work building the CFA

“Looking towards the long-term future, I wanted a job with good career prospects and job satisfaction, which would give me skills for life. I was so pleased that I got through the assessment and interviews to work on Manchester City’s project. I’ve now been to college and got my NVQ Level 2 in Bricklaying.”

I’m proud of the end result and pleased I’ve contributed to Manchester’s footballing future.”
Thomas Dickson, construction worker

Thomas got a job with McCrory who worked for BAM Construction, building the City Football Academy. He is one of 148 apprentices who took part in the construction – all of whom went on to secure full-time jobs or long-term apprenticeship positions. The project created 5,500 jobs and 60% of them were taken by people living in Greater Manchester.

“I’m proud of the end result and pleased I’ve contributed to Manchester’s footballing future – and lots of my friends and family were jealous of me getting to work on this project! Having a new family, this opportunity meant all the world to me.”