Jade gained experience being a site foreman during her studies (Credit: Barking and Dagenham College)
Jade Buckingham, 32, originally wanted to join the police force but decided to switch careers after remodelling her own home.
Her friends and family saw the work she had done and liked it so much they started to ask her to decorate their houses too.
In 2014, she applied to study at Barking and Dagenham College on a level one course.
She enjoyed it so much that she continued to level two and then level three and eventually became an apprentice in the College’s own training and apprenticeship programme.
It was during this time that she met carpenter Cliff Medhurst who was helping with her training.
Jade mentioned she wanted to start her own business and when her training ended they decided to do just that.
Shortly before the first coronavirus lockdown they formed JC Interior and Exterior Property Solutions.
Due to the timing, they did not qualify for government funding meaning the first year was “harder than it would normally be” according to Jade.
“It’s been worth it though,” she added. “I could paint all day and night! I find it therapeutic and love to be able to see what I’ve achieved at the end of a project.”
Jade and Cliff have since been able to work on domestic and commercial projects, including a number of schools.
They have just finished redecorating more than 20 classrooms for one of them.
Cliff said: “I’ve been in the business for 22 years on my own as a carpenter, and when I met Jade I could see her potential.
“When she mentioned wanting to set a business up I thought that our combined skills could make this work. Jade’s great to work with and I really think it’s been the best decision for us.”
The pair are now looking to grow and expand their business.
They can be contacted via email here: JCInteriorandExterior@gmail.com.
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