Amy Richards

What were you doing previously before undertaking the Gateway to Construction Training Programme?

“Before finding Seymour Skills Academy I was unemployed and seeking Universal Credit. I was seriously lacking in confidence and was not in education.”

Were you facing barriers preventing you from progressing in education or work?

“I faced a huge confidence issue and felt like I was not capable of doing a job like this. All the instructors helped me gain confidence and now I aspire to become an instructor for the academy.”

What was the most useful aspect of the training course?

“Every aspect of the course was useful, as I developed my knowledge around Plant Machinery.”

How has this helped you move forward in your education or career?

“This course has made me look at a lot of things differently and I now have a sense of direction in my career. I feel so much more positive and secure about my future as I can now see the path I would like to progress down.”

“I started here at Seymour as a learner, unemployed and unsure what step I wanted to take with my career. Due to lockdown, I lost my personal training business so decided to par take in the fully funded five-week course at the academy – upon completion I was offered full time employment and gained a whole new career and skill set.

I enjoyed the customer facing side of the role, always new faces coming and going. No two days are the same. The academy is filled with opportunities for everyone!”

Amy has now become an advocate for Women in Construction, partaking in many campaigns and has attended STEM events and Careers Fairs to share her passion when it comes to breaking down gender stereotypes within the construction industry.

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