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Good News Stories from the Construction of New Street Station


James Skyrme – Coleman & Co.

When James Skyrme’s Future Jobs Fund placement with Birmingham City Council’s Housing Dept came to an end, he had no permanent job despite applying for numerous positions. James felt demotivated and low about his prospects of getting another job and ended up signing on for 2 months. He received employment support through Freshwinds, and employment support organisation, who encouraged James to register with BCC’s Employment Access Team.


Shortly afterwards James got a call from the Employment Access Team offering him the opportunity to attend a pre employment training course leading up to an interview with Coleman & Co. James successfully completed the course which gave him employability training and an opportunity to meet the employer, and went on to be recruited by Coleman & Co as a Demolition Operative.


James said: “I now have a full time job that I love. I've been treated really well by Coleman & Co and they've put me through loads of training - I've attended 6 courses so far. Having the means to support myself has made a real change in my life.”



Damien Walton - MACE

Damien, an Aston resident had successfully completed a HND course with Birmingham Metropolitan College, however was finding it difficult to find employment. Damien was supported to apply for a position with MACE, the project management agent working on behalf of Network Rail as part of the New Street Station redevelopment. MACE have worked closely with BCC’s Employment team to link into local colleges and training providers to support unemployed residents into jobs at the station redevelopment.


Damien’s passion and expertise in the right areas shone through during a visit to the college by Richard Thorpe, Project Director Mace, where he had the opportunity to see first hand how Damien with the support of his college tutors had produced some excellent work throughout his 4 years of training, and he was offered employment as a Trainee CAD Technician.


Damien said “I am really pleased that I have been given this opportunity and my passion and strong work ethic will enable me to make a positive contribution to the work of the team, so that in 2015 I can proudly say that I helped build the station – I take huge pride in my work and for my first job this is a really amazing opportunity.”


Kam Hundal, the Projects Jobs & Skills Lead said “Connecting with the education and training sector to access young talent for the future job market is something that the City Council are doing with all the development projects in Birmingham – it is important that employers can access work ready individuals who can contribute to their businesses.


Birmingham is proud to have first class training provision and an abundance of young talent – it is this that will take the City forward and enable us to achieve the economic success and bring forward further regeneration and growth in the years to come.”


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Last Updated : 21st January 2013