DMR’s partnership with the rugby fraternity at Leigh East is already flourishing with the first apprentice graduating from the programme this month. Our collaboration with the rugby league club was officially launched in 2016 and was designed to give the young people of Leigh East a route into construction while bringing funds into the club through sponsorship.
Speaking at the time of the launch, Leigh East Chairman David Coyle said: “Our hope is that this partnership will bring further benefits and opportunities from being associated with our great club to people who would not otherwise have that chance. We live in a very unequal society and this arrangement is one small step in the breaking down of barriers that result in lack of opportunity for so many people.”
Nearly a year on and the partnership is clearly paying dividends with the first graduate, twenty-two year old Tom Worthington, gaining his qualification with flying colours. “I would definitely recommend a construction apprenticeship with DMR to people leaving school,” says Tom. “I got to learn new skills, meet new people and get my qualification while having fun.”
Tom completed his Construction Operations apprenticeship with Gary Grainey Building and is now looking forward to a rewarding career in groundwork. “Hopefully I can now progress to higher levels and try to better myself.”
Having come through the ranks at Leigh East ARFLC to reach the first team, Tom is a growing extension of Leigh’s roots in rugby league, construction and industry.
“It’s a pleasure to see Tom complete his apprenticeship after all the hard work he put into it” says Dave Radley, DMR managing director. “It’s especially pleasing for us at DMR as it demonstrates that the model we put together works, and hopefully more young people will want to get involved. During the apprenticeship both his employer, Gary Grainey, and Leigh East have been very supportive of the process and played a key role in ensuring that Tom remained committed. Tom now holds a recognised qualification that he’ll keep for the rest of his life and it’ll give him every opportunity for a long and successful career outside of rugby. Having said that, I don’t think he’s planning on hanging his boots up just yet!”