From redundancy to helping to manage security at Liberty Stadium

Ruth Thomas, 43, from Swansea, knows what it’s like to need careers advice after being told her role as an insolvency examiner was being made redundant.

“Being told my job was being made redundant was a shock.” she admits. “I had to think hard about what I was going to do next.

“Alongside my full-time job I’d worked part-time in security for the past 24 years. I worked at the Liberty Stadium and before that at the Vetch Field. 

“I’d worked my way up from steward to being on the senior team, carrying out searches on people. I managed a team of up to 44 staff at the Liberty Stadium. 

“It was during the redundancy process that I decided to turn my part-time work into a full-time career in the private security sector.” 

Through Careers Wales Ruth heard about ReAct funding, which is supported by the Welsh Government and European Social Fund and covers the cost of training courses for workers being made redundant. Ruth says: “I thought this would be a good way to back up my experience and boost my skills.” 

Ruth took three specialist courses for people working in security, covering matters such as route selection, search procedures, incident management, venue security and first aid.

Now she does a number of roles in the private security sector: from helping to manage security at Liberty Stadium to being a close protection officer wiith the Ireland team at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. 

Ruth also works as a private investigator – staking out suspected cheating partners!

Ruth says: “Going through redundancy was hard but once I had a clear vision of what I was going to do, that I was going to go down the private security route, it became easier. 

“The careers advice I received, especially on training courses and funding, was invaluable. I would recommend Skills Gateway for Adults to anyone in need of careers help.”

Ruth is just one of thousands of people who have been helped by programmes available through the Skills Gateway for Adults service since its launch in January 2015.

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