47-year-old Colin Todd has proved that it’s never too late to change career as, after owning his own bakery business for 17 years, he attended a sector gateway programme for people interested in working for Midlands Metro – and will soon be starting with the company as a tram driver/customer services assistant.
Colin said: “I closed my business at the end of 2022 as a result of rising costs and, after I registered with the Job Centre, I was sent details of the three-week Midland Metro course which would guarantee me an interview with the company at the end of the course.
“I didn’t think that I would have the relevant skills for the course but I went along to the registration day to find out more and, after listening to a presentation about the company, I realised that the skills I have were transferable so I signed-up there and then!
“I found all the sessions really beneficial – in the English and maths sessions I didn’t realise how out-of-touch I was and I’d recommend anyone looking for a job to do a course that includes English and maths as it really helps.
“And after the sessions on interview skills I felt that I would be more confident in that environment and, after my interview with the company I was offered a job as a tram driver/customer service agent which I will be starting very soon!”