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My journey into construction has been a long, but amazing one.

My journey into construction has been a long, but amazing one. I started with no prior tickets or qualifications in the construction industry. I’m now working on one the biggest residential housing projects in Birmingham, which is funnily enough the place where I had my first break.

I had lost my job as a bartender during the pandemic so I decided to do something completely different so that I could increase my chances of employment. With the help of so many people believing in me from RMF, I was able to get the support to retrain as a Traffic Marshall, ADT and Dumper/Roller operator.

I’ve had a great experience with RMF as they have really pushed me to succeed and not just because I am a woman, but because they know that my passion lies within construction. They have also allowed me to talk about my experiences at conferences and have given me the opportunity to meet the Mayor of the West Midlands, who has also recognised my hard work.  I am very thankful to Solihull University and College Centre and the West Midlands Combined Authority, who continue to fund these training programmes.

They have all fought for people like me to get a chance at a fresh start, progress in something they love and get the opportunity to enter a new career. I can proudly say that I have loved every minute of it and can whole heartedly say that RMF will always support my journey.

A big thank you to everyone who has helped me get back into work!



Find A Job That Works For You – RMF Fresh Start

One of MKC OLASS learners, Paul, had been in a cycle of being in and out of prison, with his last sentence starting in March 2014. He had historical issues with drugs and didn’t have much work experience. His experience of prison wasn’t a positive one, describing it as stagnant, mundane and flat, until he became inspired by education. Once Paul joined MKC OLASS education he stated that “The days became more positive and felt good, I was achieving something every day.” His employability tutor said: “Paul had a ‘it is what it is, but I will do what I can to make it better’ attitude.

He put on a brave face, but it was clear he initially lacked confidence and self-esteem. This presented a barrier to understanding what skills an employer would look for and how to present himself in an interview”. At Hewell Grange, Paul got involved in all aspects of education with MKC and he completed multiple courses including; Employability Skills, CV Writing, Developing Self, Mentoring etc. This lead to Paul becoming a key worker in education, after showing great passion and motivation and demonstrating a superb work ethic along with the right mind-set.

After completing his community work, he applied to be considered for the RMF Employment Academy, and was successful. Paul gained a Level 2 Railway Engineering qualification, PTS, CSCS and further tickets. Once eligible, he started his Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL) and worked for RMF Construction during this period on a site in Bristol.

Paul was released from HMP Hewell in June 2016 and continued to work with RMF on the same job. Paul has now been promoted to a supervisor role and is able to pass on to others, his experience by being a role model to other ex-offenders.

Courtesy of Milton Keynes College Employment Academy Newsletter May 2017