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Meet Richard, our Level 2 Rail Engineering Operative Apprentice!
As part of a compelling look into our Apprentice Programme, we have had the opportunity to engage with some of our outstanding apprentices, one of whom is Richard Murphy, a dedicated Level 2 Rail Engineering Operative based in Birmingham.
In this interview, we delve into why Richard joined our programme and gain valuable insights into his life as an apprentice in the rail engineering industry.
I grew up in Birmingham as what I would call a ‘crafty kid’. This meant I was always outside building something, whether it was helping my Grandad build a shed or making dens in the local park, I just loved being busy and outdoors.
My family have always been my top priority. I have two daughters and since joining the apprenticeship scheme, my life has turned around. I spent most of my adult life in and out of prison. If it wasn't for the staff at McGinley who offered me this lifeline, I may have continued to be stuck in that vicious cycle.
I wanted to join the Construction Industry from a young age, it always seemed to be the best type of work for me. But I never found a way.
So when I heard that the McGinley Apprenticeship Team was due to host an information session at the prison, I knew I wanted to be there to find out more.
Initially, I was unable to attend, but I campaigned for a space and was granted one at the last minute, and I am so glad I got to attend, as the session made me realise that things could be different for me on release. I kept the info pack for months!
Once I was released I contacted the McGinley Apprenticeship Team immediately to see when the next course was available in my area.
The team have been fantastic from day 1, keeping me up-to-date and getting me ready to start as soon as possible.
The apprenticeship has given me the confidence and stability to provide for my family and invest in our future.
I am enjoying learning new things at college and bringing these new skills to the track environment. I am continuing to learn on and off track each and every week.
Also, I am enjoying supporting and passing on this knowledge to others, especially to new apprentices as they join the team.
Challenges: Sometimes I worry about getting it all right, but the team within McGinley and on track are all supportive and we get through any issues that may arise together.
Don't be scared at the thought of trying something new. I wish someone told me that it' is never too late to change your choices and career path.
There is so much to learn, but it's not overwhelming. Going back to college has been exciting!
There is a strong support network within the Railway Industry and specifically at McGinley. That's something I learnt very quickly.
If you ever get the option to join the Railway Sector, I would highly recommend it!
Every day brings a new experience and different challenges. I'm so grateful as it's completely changed my lifestyle and it can do the same for you.
I want to continue to be a good example of how someone can make a change to their lifestyle and be successful. I plan to complete my apprenticeship and obtain my Controller of Site Safety (COSS) ticket.
This will allow me to progress up the ladder to obtain more experience and Railway qualifications. I have a big interest in welding, so I would like to look into this part of the Rail Industry as I progress.
As one of the UK’s largest specialist recruitment businesses serving the Infrastructure Sector, McGinley boasts a range of apprenticeships.
Each one is designed to create success on-site for host employers and give a fantastic start to candidates, allowing them to work with leading companies, earn a salary, and have tuition fees paid in full.
If you are interested in starting an apprenticeship or hosting some of our current apprentices, get in touch with our team via firstname.lastname@example.org