People in Wolverhampton are on the right track for a career in rail, after completing a special course aimed at getting unemployed people back into work.
The group of jobseekers took part in a new scheme offered by City of Wolverhampton College’s Community, Employability and Traineeship team in partnership with JobCentre Plus and Birmingham based Auctus, to give people the skills they need to apply for jobs in the rail industry.
As part of the six day course the students looked at health and safety, IT, customer service, communication skills and managing risk, and prepared for the Personal Track Safety qualification to gain their PTS card – a requirement to work within the rails for Network Rail in the UK.
Keith Millward, 43, said: “I have been unemployed for a few months and, after working in the public sector for years, was ready for a career change, so enrolled on this course to help me find work.
“The course has been really good and I learnt more IT skills in 3 hours than I had in 24 years in my previous job!”
The programme was offered as part of the Sector Based Work Academy, a government initiative aimed at getting people who are receiving benefits into employment as well as helping businesses to obtain high quality staff with the right skills for the job.