A former East Durham College joinery student has returned to the college to share his success story with students.
Phillip Breeze, 33, from Haswell, studied carpentry and joinery at the college in 2010. Once leaving the college he spent a year in the trade gaining experience but always dreamed of running his own successful business.
So in 2012 he set up his own business, PJ Property Maintenance, which gone from strength-to-strength.
He is continually booked out months in advance for jobs around the region and due to this is considering taking on his first apprentice in partnership with the college.
Phillip is proud of his business and hopes he has inspired the current crop of East Durham College joinery students to work hard and achieve great success once they have finished their courses.
Phillip said: “It’s great to have this opportunity to come back into college today and talk to this new generation of joinery and carpentry students.
“They seem a great bunch and I hope I have been able to inspire them for their future careers.
“This can be a great industry to work in, you just have to work hard and be determined and you can be really successful.
“Hopefully in the near future I will be able to come back to the college and take on an apprentice of my own, working alongside the college to grow my business further.”