In January 2009, Debbie was made redundant from her job as an Inventory Support and Process Manager with Woolworths, in a field-based role, after 31 years’ service. Debbie saw it as an opportunity to embark on a new career, and enrolled on a six-week taster course in plumbing at Filton College, which allowed her to find out if this was the right career choice for her.
After successfully completing the taster course, Debbie progressed to a Level 2 basic plumbing course and qualified in September 2009. She then gained some hands-on experience to cement what she’d learned in the classroom, and this led to Debbie setting up her own business, ‘Plumbher’, in January 2010. Debbie is also studying for an NVQ Level 2 in plumbing with Filton College, alongside running her business.
“Debbie’s spirit and enthusiasm, coupled with huge motivation, embodies the ethos of retraining... She has beaten the recession to not only learn her new trade, but to set up her own company,” said George, Debbie’s nominator.
“There were times when I questioned my own capability, but with help, support and determination it taught me never to give up!”, reflected Debbie.