Signing up for a new rail training course at City of Wolverhampton College has led to 32-year-old Richard Thomas-Robinson getting a job with the organisation that actually provides the training!
Richard, aged 32, said: “During the first lockdown I was furloughed from my job in security and when I went back to work I was on reduced hours so needed to look for something that would enable me to support my family.
“With the amount of development in the rail industry going on locally I realised that this would be a good route to take and enrolled for a course at the college’s new Rail Training Centre at the Wellington Road campus in Bilston.
“The course covered health and safety, leadership, and training in the use of small tools and once I had completed the course I worked on the rail for a short time before being offered an interview with National Infrastructure Solutions – the company that provides the training on behalf of the college – and was offered a job as a business support co-ordinator working alongside other staff to arrange and promote training to others.
“When I look back at the progress I’ve made in 18 months I feel really proud of myself. I took the initiative to learn new skills to help myself and now I can help others to improve their own skills and knowledge too.”