Todd the inspirational scaffolder…

A man with Down’s Syndrome who spent two years “begging” for a scaffolding job has finally landed his dream apprenticeship.

Todd, 29, has been employed by Coles Scaffolding Contractors Ltd., working two days-a-week for them. Todd, joins the rest of the team on Mondays and Wednesdays. Company owner Martyn Coles said Todd’s disability is not holding him back at work. His main roles involve assembling the scaffolding and making sure it is safe and level.

The company has now adopted the slogan ‘No Stigma’, to show that Todd’s disability should not hold him back from having the same opportunity as others.

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 – the 10-foot, the 16-foot, up to the 20-foot ones.”

Martyn, who has run the scaffolding company for the last five years, said: “We just want to show that he can do it. Everyone is entitled to work. It doesn’t matter if you have a disability, or you come from a broken home, or whatever. I’m more than willing to give everyone a chance. If you know him, you’ll know that he loves what he does. Anything you ask him to do, he’ll do it. He does a lot. So far, there hasn’t been any limits to what he can help with – and I don’t think there are going to be any.”

Stories like this just show anything is possible no matter what you are up against. Set your goals and you can achieve them. Everyone should be given fair opportunities to reach their goals no matter the circumstances.

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