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Terry travels from Birmingham to say thank-you

Terry Stanley with Eloise Smith

Terry Stanley was so grateful for the support he received from Telford College to help him back into employment that he hopped on public transport from Birmingham to thank the team face-to-face.

The 60-year-old took part in one of the college’s ‘Into Employment’ programmes for forklift drivers, held at Erdington.

And at the end of the course, he jumped straight on the train and made his way to the college’s Wellington campus – because he wanted to say a personal thanks to the employer engagement team.

Terry, who is originally from Malinslee but has lived in Birmingham for many years, said: “I’ve been driving forklifts for about 24 years, but my qualifications were out of date, so I needed a refresher.

“I’m not great with new technology at my age when it comes to studying, but the help I’ve had on this three-week course has been brilliant. The tutors have been so respectful, and helped me to get my head around it all.

“This has given me the kick up the backside I needed to get back into a job. I wanted to come over and look people in the eye at Telford College to tell them how grateful I am for their help. Life begins at 60…”

Eloise Smith, employer engagement administrator at Telford College, said: “‘When I first spoke with Terry, it was clear he lacked confidence and hadn’t been given an opportunity like this before.

“I am delighted that this programme has given him a chance to continue his career as a forklift driver.

“His tutor Matthew Blackham described him as a friendly, enthusiastic, and helpful person who was eager to learn and always happy to help.

“Terry has now got an interview lined up and is looking forward to going back into employment as a forklift driver. We’re so glad to have been able to help him.”