A Stepping Stone In The Right Direction: Reece’s Story

Thursday, 3rd February 2022

It was through his school work experience placement that Reece Woods first met masonry specialist Tom Nelson, who is based in Drumnadrochit. At this time, Reece, a pupil of Glen Urquhart High School, had no idea that this invaluable experience would be the stepping stone he needed to start his career.

Although he had been content in school, Reece was now itching to move on, choosing to leave at the end of S5. From here, he went on to college where he studied car mechanics for two years.

He said: “School was ok, but I never really felt that it was the place for me. When I left at the end of S5, I went to college which was much better as I had more freedom. It felt a bit more grown up.”

However, Reece felt that his course wasn’t quite right for him and decided to take a chance by contacting Tom Nelson Stonework, the company he had enjoyed working with during his placement at school.

He explained: “I’ve been with Tom Nelson for a year and a half now, and every day pushes me to think creatively. It’s been such an interesting industry to get involved with – working inside and outdoors, building and repairing walls and carrying out lots of stonework-related jobs.”

The partnership between Glen Urquhart and Tom Nelson created a pathway of new possibilities that young people like Reece could one day be a part of.

“I think it’s important for pupils to remember that it’s ok to leave school if you feel you’re not getting what you need from it,” said Reece. “But make sure you have some kind of plan in place. Don’t be scared to reach out to companies you have talked to about work before, because you never know where things might lead.”

Adding to this, Tom Nelson said: “I would encourage any business, large or small, to engage with young people in their area. Not only are you able to support your local schools and community, but you are able to find new workers to join your team who are keen to learn and progress in their careers.”

These relationships are the building blocks of DYWICH’s ambition and it is through these partnerships that we hope to continue building and developing the young workforce of Inverness and the central Highlands.

DYWICH operations manager, Gregor Campbell adds: “The Young Person’s Guarantee asks business owners to commit as much or as little resources as they are able to. Even offering one work experience placement or summer job could change a young person’s life, and lead to the start of a successful career. By signing up to the Young Person’s Guarantee, businesses can help upskill the next generation of workers and safeguard their industries for years to come.”

Find out more information about the Scottish Government’s youth employment strategy and the Young Person’s Guarantee.