Wellingborough teenager lands job after 200 attempts

Neil Withers, project manager for G Purchase, Anne Howes, of ABA Training, apprentice Ashley Dawson, William Stray of Wellingborough Recycling, apprentice Anthony Wootton, and Kevin Harford and Sue Palmer from the Job Centre
Neil Withers, project manager for G Purchase, Anne Howes, of ABA Training, apprentice Ashley Dawson, William Stray of Wellingborough Recycling, apprentice Anthony Wootton, and Kevin Harford and Sue Palmer from the Job Centre

A Wellingborough teenager has finally been given an opportunity to learn a new trade.

Ashley Dawson, 18, wrote to apply for 200 jobs before he and fellow apprentice Anthony Wootton, also aged 18, were both taken on as apprentices by Wellingborough Recycling, which is run by William Stray.

Mr Stray said that Ashley, who has cerebral palsy, and Anthony joined him for a work experience period last year and he was so impressed by the pair that he decided to sign them both up as apprentices with the firm – a process which was made formal last week when they signed up with ABA Training.

Mr Stray said: “Ashley could not find a job for love nor money.

“I wanted to give him a chance and both he and Anthony have been really hard workers and are really enthusiastic.

“I’m proud to have taken them both on with me and hopefully they can learn a lot.”

Both Ashley and Anthony said they were enjoying their work with Wellingborough Recycling and were pleased to have been officially taken on as apprentices.

Wellingborough Recycling is a contractor for Wellingborough firm G Purchase Construction, which is based at the Finedon Road Industrial Estate.

G Purchase has a contract with Wellingborough Homes to repair and maintain 4,500 properties.

Most of Wellingborough Recycling’s work involves emptying and cleaning vacant houses.

Neil Withers, of G Purchase, said he had been working with Mr Stray for about a year.

He added: “William has some innovative ideas, for example he donated some items which would have gone to landfill to All Saints Church to help them raise money.

“I’m sure Ashley and Anthony will learn a lot from William.”