How my career in construction helps me as a young parent


William Hosie posing with his award

As a 21 year-old parent, I’ve often been on the receiving end of negativity because some people think I’m too young to be a good dad. 

But, I’m fighting to change this perception. I’m successfully pursuing my career in construction while keeping on top of my parenting duties.

Like any parent, I want the best for my children and I believe that excelling in my career is crucial to this.

I’m now in the third year of my joinery apprenticeship, something I’ve been interested in since my school days.

And only a few weeks ago, it became apparent to me just how rewarding a career in construction can be.

It all started when I came across an advert in a Screwfix catalogue about their Trade Apprentice of the Year competition. I thought to myself, ‘what have I got to lose?’ and applied.

The application process was intense and I had to follow several stages – including creating a YouTube video about my aspirations for the future.

I made it through and was invited to the final of the competition at Google’s headquarters in London. Let’s just say their offices are nothing like the construction sites that I’m used to spending everyday on!

After an interview with four judges (including the Chief Executive of Screwfix) and a gruelling group task, I was presented with the Highly Commended Runner Up award.

To make it to final in the first place was a massive achievement, but to receive this recognition simply demonstrated to me how my career in construction can make my children proud.

Construction, like being a young parent, is not always portrayed in the greatest light. But it can be a really rewarding career path.

The industry can provide you with many prospects and opportunities to progress and better yourself. This is something that inspires me everyday – improving myself for the benefit of my children – and to ultimately reverse the negative stereotypes surrounding young parents. 

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