Carving out a career as a carpenter

River Zyla has a clear idea what he wants to do with his life and he is taking the first step with PM Training.

The 16-year-old, pictured with his dad Richard, is currently a pupil at the University Academy in Kidsgrove, but he wants a career in carpentry in the future.

He said: “I spoke to my family about what to do once I left school, I thought about college but I’d rather do hands on work.

“I’ve always wanted to be a carpenter so I went to PM Training, filled in a form, answered a few questions and got shown around the centre.

“Now I’ve been accepted and I’m due to start at PM Training in a couple of months, once I’ve finished school.

“I’m giving it a go and doing something with my life.”

River and his family live in an Aspire Housing property and he received a grant from the Realise Foundation to help towards his clothing and transport when he starts at PM Training. The Aspire Housing employment and skills team arranged this for him.

River’s dad Richard, who works at New Look, said: “Money is tight for everyone at the moment and this has made a big difference for us, it’s helped us out. River is going to be able to learn the skills he needs to do what he wants to do in life.”