‘Redundancy was a shock but training helped me bounce back’

Richard Wilkes, 53, from Cardiff, had worked on oil rigs for a number of years when his role was made redundant. He was looking for a new job when a friend told him that he might be able to get funding for a course to further his skills with the aim of securing a new role.

Richard says “I went to Careers Wales on Charles Street, Cardiff, to find out more about this funding and they helped me apply for it.”

Richard benefited from ReAct funding, which is supported by the Welsh Government and European Social Fund and covers the cost of training courses for workers who have been made redundant. 

“I did a week-long ropes access course in Bridgend. It’s a specialist course that’s particularly useful for people working on oil rigs and within the industrial work sector as it eliminates the need for scaffolding.

“The course was really worthwhile as it means I can be considered for a wider range of jobs.

“A few weeks after completing the course I landed work at Dow Corning in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan,” says Richard. Dow Corning is a large, industrial manufacturing site producing silicon-based materials.

He adds: “My role there involves pipe lagging and insulation. It’s like when you do your loft but on an industrial scale.

“I really benefitted from the careers help I received. I would recommend anyone who needs careers advice to contact the Skills Gateway for Adults.” 

Richard 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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