Todd on ca­reer lad­der af­ter land­ing dream job

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AMAN with Down’s syn­drome is liv­ing his ‘ dream’ af­ter a build­ing firm took him on as an ap­pren­tice scaf­folder.

Todd Scan­lon, 29, has been em­ployed on a per­ma­nent, part­time ba­sis by Coles Scaf­fold­ing Con­trac­tors Ltd, work­ing for them two full days a week.

Todd had “begged” scaf­fold com­pany owner Mar­tyn Coles, 35, for a job for the past two years.

And Mar­tyn, who has run the Swin­don-based scaf­fold­ing com­pany for five years, has said Todd’s dis­abil­ity is not hold­ing him back.

Todd loves his job, car­ry­ing out ev­ery task he is asked to do with fo­cus and a smile, and crack­ing jokes with his col­leagues.

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 [poles] – the 10ft, the 16ft, up to the 20ft ones.”

Todd, from Swin­don, joins the other five mem­bers of the team on Mon­days and Wed­nes­days.

He is kit­ted up the same as ev­ery­one else, help­ing to as­sem­ble the scaf­fold­ing and mak­ing sure it is safe and level.

Mar­tyn says 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.

He 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.

“Todd does all the same tasks as us. He’ll get the tools ready to be loaded onto the van, and he’ll bring all the fit­tings out from the van at each site.

“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.”

Mar­tyn, who is a close friend of Todd’s fam­ily and goes on hol­i­day with them ev­ery year, added: “He’s been beg­ging me for a job for a long, long time.

“About three months ago we started tak­ing him on for a few shifts here and there, just to see how he got on with it.

“And, as of Oc­to­ber 1, we’ve now taken him onto our books two days a week.

“He’ll do what­ever we ask of him and he gets on re­ally well with the other guys – and he’ll also have a dance as soon as we put the ra­dio on in the back­ground while we work.”

Mar­tyn added that he was now work­ing with the Con­struc­tion In­dus­try Train­ing Board, which or­gan­ises all his com­pany’s ap­pren­tice­ships, to train Todd up prop­erly and get him his Level 2 NVQ scaf­fold­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Tom Wren /

Todd Scan­lon has been taken on as an ap­pren­tice scaf­folder – his dream job

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