Tom Reynolds joined us just weeks before coronavirus was declared a pandemic. As a driver, it was part of his job to deliver some of the new kitchens and bathrooms being fitted in customer’s homes in Stafford.
“Things changed very quickly,” he remembers. “The country went into full lockdown in March 2020 and I was furloughed in the summer. It was an anxious time for everyone but even as a new employee, I knew that the group was looking after me.
“A few weeks later I was able to get involved in some of the fire safety work that was taking place. I was going into communal buildings, making sure that the right signage was there to help keep the residents safe.
“One day, I asked if there was any training available. A week later, I was asked if I’d like to become part of the team fitting new fire doors. I took two courses, backed-up with on-the-job training.
“Now, I’m working all over Staffordshire and Shropshire, fitting fire doors in apartment blocks and retirement living communities. I really enjoy my work. It’s hands-on, which I like and I’m part of a great team. If I need help, I know I only have to ask. It’s important to me that I’m doing something worthwhile, helping to keep people safe.
“With everything happening last year, I felt very lucky to be working for a group that was providing job security. I knew that if I took all the opportunities that were open to me, I could have a good career. I’d definitely recommend it to family and friends. My cousin has started a trades course at College and I’m hoping he might be able to get an apprenticeship with us.”