Damian Williams was unemployed for nearly two years and only had experience in retail before he was referred by his Jobcentre to our Traineeship for Industry in Walsall.
The 10-week course was followed by a four-week work placement with local firm Gerrymet, which manufactures and services saw blades and wood cutting tools.
The outcome was the offer of a permanent position as a full-time Trainee Saw Doctor. Two years on and he has received several pay rises – going from strength to strength.
Damian now has a full-time career as a Trainee Saw Doctor at Gerrymet.
I’m really happy. I’d never considered doing anything like this before but I’m really enjoying working at Gerrymet and doing something that’s hands on. I can say to people now, I’ve got a job, which has made a huge difference to my life.
Damian Williams - Traineeship for Industry