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.
“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.”