Rydon is one of two contractors appointed by Network Stadium to be responsible for carrying out general building work repairs to Network Stadium homes, as well as for refurbishing empty properties to make them ready to re-let quickly. A condition of the contract was to create training opportunities for local people.

Mickey’s family are residents of Network Stadium and live at St.Thomas Court in Camden, London. “I received a flyer from Network Stadium advertising a role for an apprentice carpenter with Rydon, who maintain and repair Network Stadium homes in our area. It seemed just the thing I’d like to do so I phoned up and asked for more information.”

After completing an application form Mickey was interviewed by Rydon back in July and they offered him the role, which he started in mid-October. Mickey explains that he spends four days a week with a Rydon operative, travelling to different Network Stadium sites around Wembley Park, Cricklewood and Willesden, where he helps to maintain residents’ homes.

“I wanted to do something with my hands; there’s always a job and I enjoy using wood,” says Mickey Deeney, 21, who has become one of the first Network Stadium residents to benefit from the association’s partnership with Rydon.

One day each week Mickey is on day release at the College of North West London in Neasden, studying towards an NVQ Level 2 in carpentry and is also learning basic skills in electrical and plumbing. The course lasts for three years.

So what’s it like to work out on site?

“You always have a laugh and there are always a lot of other people about. If it’s wet or cold, you cheer each other up! One of my first tasks at Rydon was to help to replace a door at a resident’s home. I learnt how to measure, fit and install the door.”

Until he joined Rydon, Mickey had been working at a local Marks & Spencer. Now he has the opportunity to achieve his goal and become a fully qualified carpenter.

What does the future hold?

“I don’t want to be using tools all my life, but would like to be a working foreman or supervisor. The company is good at offering training and qualifications.”