Carpenter Matt Denham is working on a village housing development after retraining at Tresham College in Corby.
Developer Whiterock is building new homes in Collyweston for Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association.
Matt, who has lived in the village with his family since 2007, used to work with cranes and hoists but an incident at work left him with a back injury and unable to return to his former employer.
He took the opportunity to retrain in carpentry and joinery at the Corby college and, after a two-year course, he received a flyer from Whiterock about the new development.
He took a chance and asked the company if they needed a qualified carpenter.
Matt said: “It was great when Whiterock phoned to ask what I could do. I went to see them and was offered the chance to work on the new homes in my village.”
He’s been busy working on the six homes fitting kitchens, doors and banisters, working with experienced carpenter Mark Adams.
Matt said: “It’s been a great opportunity. Mark and all the team have been very supportive, I’ve learned a lot and it’s a great commute to work.”
Pete Kalym of Whiterock Homes said: “We like to employ local labour wherever we can, and I was impressed by Matt’s enthusiasm and attitude. The homes in Collyweston will be finished at the end of March, and we are looking to keep Matt on the team, as we move to build more homes in Walgrave.”