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A redundant scientist is earning ‘top’ money in the plumbing industry after taking a training course with top trades’ school ATL, the Daily Mirror has revealed.
Leading trade skills provider ATL made news across the country today after laboratory scientist Steve Banks hung up his test tubes and went looking for a way to turn his life round.
And Steve, aged 43, who has two sons, Mathew and Daniel, as well as a three-year old girl Ruby and lives with his wife, Naomi, said he wished he had taken the plunge years ago.
Steve told the Daily Mirror: “I started looking around for courses I could do in my own time while carrying on working and asking people for recommendations and found that ATL had a very good reputation.”
When Steve was made redundant in 2009, he had almost completed his plumbing course and was about to set up his own business… Now he earns about £45,000 a year, much more than in his previous job.
Steve said: “It was great really, I got so much confidence from the course that my business grew through word of mouth.”
Altogether, Steve from Letchworth, Herts, spent about £6,500 from his redundancy money on his training. “This was a lifetime investment for me and it is paying off.”
Steve says that he is a very practical person who always enjoys doing things with his hands. He used to help his father who was working in the building trades before he retired.
Like every new thing, Steve admits that his business was slow to start with, but soon people began to ring him, saying that a friend had recommended his services. Now he is thinking of employing extra people to help him.
More than 100 business leaders, economists and MPs from all parties are pressing the government for more investment in infrastructure projects which will create hundreds of thousands jobs in the construction sector.
Letters to national newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Financial Times, call for a £17bn investment in High Speed 2 (HS2) between London and Birmingham which will create one million long-term British jobs.
A letter to the Daily Telegraph, which was signed by more than 100 business leader, states “We call on the government to approve plans for HS2 and to push ahead with its construction as soon as possible”.
The signatories come from a wide range of business interests including the likes of Simon Carr of Henry Boot, Naomi Connell of VolkerWessels, Paul Cook of Galliford Try, Chris Webster of Miller Construction and John Wood of Tolent Construction.
A letter in the Financial Times goes on to suggest that if Britain does not invest more into the infrastructure it will be left behind from other European countries. The letter states: “The absence of a high-speed rail line connecting the north of England to London and the rest of the European Union is a continuous embarrassment to British businesses promoting UK plc overseas.”
The letter suggests that a high-speed rail, along with other major infrastructure projects in Britain, is crucial for giving confidence to businesses and stimulating economic growth in time of recession. It says: “Economic studies show that effective modes of transport, including high-speed rail, enable entrepreneurs to get their goods and services to market in a secure and timely manner and facilitate the movement of workers to the most suitable jobs.”
The group of businesses and economists urging the government to approve the rail link argue that it would be a boost for business, especially across the north of England, and will create jobs and ease transport overcrowding.
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