Andrew John, a student of Queen Elizabeth's Foundation Training College in Leatherhead, Surrey, has excelled in his work placement with leading social housing repairs and maintenance specialist Mears - so much so that the company has offered him a six month contract."I didn't expect a job at the end of my time here," said Andrew, "It's been a steep learning curve, but I just did my best and worked as hard as possible, and I am really pleased that it has led to a full-time contract."The work placement partnership between Mears and QEF College gives students the chance to experience the pressures offered in a real working environment as an official part of their training. Ben Gill, Operations Manager at Mears Elmbridge, said: "Andrew showed a great work ethic and initiative while he was here, and his mentor said he was an asset to the team, so we were happy to offer him an extension on his contract."QEF College provides training for sustainable employment for adults with disabilities, and the work experience programme has turned out to be mutually beneficial for Mears, the College, and for Andrew himself. Kevin Larkin, the painter and decorator who mentored Andrew at Mears Elmbridge, said: "Andrew has done a fantastic job, he has really enjoyed his time with us, and I have enjoyed sharing my years of experience in the trade with him."