Work experience sparks new career for Sheffield graduate

Manouchehr Royan, 43, from Walkley, has become the first student in Sheffield to be taken on by Galatia as it rolls out Willmott Dixon's award winning Opening Doors work experience programme.'The IT graduate had been out of work for over two years before successfully applying to the scheme.
Manouchehr Royan, 43, from Walkley, has become the first student in Sheffield to be taken on by Galatia as it rolls out Willmott Dixon's award winning Opening Doors work experience programme.'The IT graduate had been out of work for over two years before successfully applying to the scheme.
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A university graduate with an IT degree spent two years out of work - before becoming the first recruit taken on in Sheffield by a construction firm’s work experience department.

Manouchehr Royan, aged 43, from Walkley, Sheffield, is working with Galatia - the work placement arm of building firm Willmott Dixon - on its ‘Opening Doors’ programme.

He is undertaking an eight-week electrical placement, where he’ll work alongside qualified engineers to carry out repair work to homes.

Manouchehr is the first student in Sheffield to go through the Opening Doors programme – a UK-wide scheme pioneered by Willmott Dixon Partnerships. It provides training and development, and gives participants the chance to experience working in the construction and maintenance industry.

Manouchehr, who previously held office roles, had to retrain and change career after experiencing bad health which meant he couldn’t sit for lengths of time.

Keen to gain experience in electrical work, he applied to the Opening Doors scheme and was successful.

“I just want to work and gain experience,” he said. “I am thrilled to be working with Galatia. I am confident it will provide me with the skills and confidence to pursue electrical work as a career.”

Meanwhile Barnsley College is offering three new short courses aimed at anyone working or wanting to work in the construction industry. Call 01226 216 224 for more details.