Re-training as a gas engineer has provided a secure future for geotechnical engineer, Gareth Davies, after redundancy shock was set to ruin his family life.
Gareth from Cheshire had a very grim outlook when he was made redundant from his specialised career as a geotechnical engineer. Living in South Wales at the time it became clear the employment opportunities he was seeking didn't exist and making a break decided to move to Cheshire in the hope to find work.
Shocked by the lack of employment opportunities in his home town he didn't expect to be confronted with the same in a more buoyant part of the country; but unfortunately still couldn't find the specialised work he was qualified and skilled in.
"After making the move to Cheshire and still not finding employment opportunities I have to say it was probably one of the lowest points in my life. The task of getting myself back into work within the same field proved to be very difficult, especially given the current economic climate. To make matters worse I encountered a lot of resistance to the fact I was too skilled and qualified!" Gareth says.
Gareth didn't hang around; instead he decided to retrain in a career he felt would remain reasonably secure for the rest of his working life. He contacted Brookhouse Training and signed up for the Approved Certification Scheme (ACS) to become a gas engineer, facilitated at the Brookhouse Training Centre in Cleckheaton.
Gareth says: "There were many factors that steered me toward becoming a Gas Engineer and they were compounded after visiting Brookhouse Training for an open morning. The people from Brookhouse instantly gave me a good impression of themselves, and of the type of organisation they were and what they could offer me. I spoke to a few people about the state of the domestic gas industry and realising the opportunities available to me once qualified, decided to go for it."
As part of Gareth's training with Brookhouse Training he was asked to complete an essential part of his learning through a work placement with Tomkinson Heating Ltd based in Macclesfield. The company was so impressed with the standard of Gareth's knowledge and working ethic that they offered him a full-time role within the company as an installations engineer.
"I am now working as an installation engineer covering various projects involving boiler installations, thermal solar systems, ground source heat recovery systems and biomass fuelled installations. Overall, Brookhouse has provided me with a solid foundation of knowledge that has enabled me to move directly into a career I totally enjoy working in. From my contact with the management team, my excellent tutor and generally the whole staff at Brookhouse, I am satisfied I made the right choice investing in my future with Brookhouse."
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