Overall job news is great as Dominic engineers way into dream role
A JOB-SEEKER who was part of the Derby Telegraph's We Want to Work campaign has secured full-time work at train-maker Bombardier after months of searching.
Dominic Malomvari, 21, was hunting for an apprenticeship as a trainee vehicle technician but found his age was holding him back.
But he is now working full-time as a servicing assistant on trains at Bombardier, in Litchurch Lane, Derby.
The campaign, launched by the Derby Telegraph in May last year, aims to land job hunters in employment.
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Dominic, who lives in Littleover, said he was enjoying the challenges the job was giving him.
He said: "I'm used to working on engines – just not ones that big. The job involves taking oil samples from the trains and changing the oil when needed.
"I also have to check the fuel filters and make sure all the coolers are working correctly.
"I'm learning a lot and it's a steep learning curve, so there's a lot to do."
Dominic had always wanted to work with cars and helped out his dad and grandad in their garage, working on the family cars.
Dominic gained a level three diploma in vehicle maintenance and repair from the Institute of Motor Industry.
But the biggest roadblock in the way of him finishing the practical side of his qualification is that it costs garages more to take him on as an apprentice than it would if he was aged 16 to 18.
Dominic said: "I always wanted to work in a garage and with cars.
"I went to college full-time to study the technical side of things, so I couldn't do anything part-time on the side to fulfil the practical requirement for the course.
"But I'm working with engines and machines in the role and I'm really loving it.
"I'm so pleased to be back in work and doing something worthwhile. I'm in a garage environment and working with engines and that's what I've always wanted.
"I'm keeping busy and earning some money, while learning more and more."
Dominic is the ninth member of our campaign to get work. Robert McPherson, 58, was first when he got a job at an engineering firm in May.
Jackie Hughes, 23, became a customer adviser at the post office in South Normanton, and John Larkin, 40, landed a part-time cleaning job with football pitch operator Powerleague in June.
Jonathan Hawley, 39, secured a part-time post at Cash 4 Clothes in Ilkeston and, last month, Patrik Richards, 40, earned a role at a property management company.
Maggie Bates, 57, started working for Sight Support Derbyshire and Tim Mellor, 56, joined Oakbrook Finance, in Nottingham.
And Shane McHugh landed a part-time job as a handyman for Riverside ECHG in November.
WILLING TO WORK
THE Derby Telegraph is aiming to help these job-hunters:
Stephen Armishaw, 59, Mickleover: Sales experience spanning 38 years. Previously worked for Achilles Information, Kraft Foods and Rainbow International. Looking for work in the sales sector.
Lisa Giwa, 40, Normanton: Has Access to Nursing qualification and proficient in first aid, childcare, cooking and cleaning. Looking for work in healthcare, retail or cleaning.
Ashleigh Mather, 49, Quarndon: Analysis expert – more than 20 years as an information analyst, proficient in PC maintenance.
Anthony Smith, 26, Normanton: Worked with Derbyshire police, Rolls-Royce and Remploy in administration and data management.
Richard Emery, 35, Mackworth: Ten years as a fraud risk specialist at Citibank. Since redundancy, has taken on extra qualifications in book-keeping and accounting.
Matt Moralee, 21, Heanor: Former Derby County steward. Trained as a furniture fitter, assembling offices and managing deliveries.
Employers who feel they may have a vacancy suited to one of our job-seekers should call Sophie Evans on Derby 291111, ext 6501.