My children are the main reason I am so focused on getting myself back on my own two feet. They are why I am doing the training, so I can get work and better myself. Why do I want to be an engineer? It started as a kid - I loved going to air shows. And a few years ago, I was working at an airport where I began to learn the mechanics of planes. Working on the railways is a solid place for me to start and get the skills. I know the knowledge and experience I get from this will be really useful as I work to my dream job as an aircraft engineer.
7 years ago, my tenancy agreement expired and I had nowhere else to go. I started sofa surfing with friends and family. I did this for 3-4 years, but in the end, I had less people to turn to and was on my own. I would pay for a night in a hostel when I could but otherwise it would be sleeping at the airport or rough sleeping. In the end, holding down the job with no home became too difficult so I had to give it up.
When I was 19 years old, I could have studied railway engineering, but I didn’t take the opportunity. Now it’s come up again, I’m taking it and sticking with it! I am currently studying for my Level 2, but gaining higher qualifications will give me a better chance of employment. I would really like to get a job on the track, doing the signalling. Once I'm back in work, I can't wait to save up and take the kids on a big family holiday.