Case Study: Father of two achieves life-changing qualification
Father of two, Paul Cronin, first came to CT Skills Leicester with a goal of achieving a life-changing qualification so that he could be the proud Dad his two children could look up to.
Paul had worked in Warehousing for over 25 years as an FLT Driver, when he found himself unemployed. Worried about what the future would hold, the keen job-seeker began to look for a new challenge and thought about his passion for working within the construction industry.
“I had always wanted to work in construction, but after having my two children I knew I wouldn’t be able to take the time out to achieve the qualification in order to pursue a career in the industry, as I needed to keep a steady income for my family. Now that I was out of work, I thought it would be the right time to look in to my options.”
Paul began to search for new opportunities on Indeed when he came across the 12 day fully-funded construction course with CT Skills which included a free CSCS card. Excited about his future prospects, Paul rang CT Skills and spoke with Kerry from Customer Service who explained the course in more detail to him and booked him on to a Selection Day with the centre in Leicester.
“I was nervous about going back to a classroom environment, but as soon as I stepped foot in CT Skills, Leicester I felt at ease. The course was great and the 12 days training went really quick! It wasn’t how I remembered education at all – it was a small group of adults all working at their own pace towards the same goal.”
Seven weeks after his initial phone call, Paul has passed the course and received his CSCS card. He is now excited about following his long term aspirations of working as a Telescopic Forklift Driver and would one day love to be responsible for the construction of a large multi-story building.
“I wouldn’t have got my CSCS card if I didn’t come to CT Skills. Spending hundreds on training and getting the correct certificates just isn’t a priority when you’re unemployed and have a family to look after. This programme made it all possible for me! I would definitely recommend this course to anyone considering a later career change… a lot of doors have just opened up for me and it’s allowed me to start working towards a brand new goal! ”