It’s five long years since Barry Morgan banked his voluntary redundancy cheque.
With 34 years of specialist engineering experience, the former Shardlows crankshaft turner and grinder believed he would soon find another skilled job.
But the Burncross father of two, who “jumped rather than face getting pushed” when mass redundancy halved the factory workforce, discovered the harsh reality many unemployed over 50s face.
“I couldn’t get back into engineering despite my experience and had to look for any job that brought money in and made me feel useful,” says Barry, 60. “Even that was so difficult; my age goes against me. The Northern General Hospital didn’t want me. Aldi wouldn’t take me on as a shelf-stacker.
“I’ve got a part-time job in the loading bay at House of Fraser but I’m not using my skills.”
Companies may think that Barry, 60, is too old to be of use, but he’s out to prove them wrong. He is turning his life-long hobby of photographing Sheffield’s landmarks, industries and historical buildings into a business and attended a PRIME course this spring.
He says: “It has given me i the kick up the bum I needed to get on with turning a hobby into a niche business that will earn me money.”