Since leaving the armed forces, bus driver Gary has worked hard to gain a raft of qualifications, enriching colleagues’ lives in the process.
After an average education and failing maths at school, he managed to pass the National Test for Adult Numeracy at level 2. He also completed NVQ level 2 in Road Passenger Transport and an NVQ level 3 in Direct Training and Development with the support of the European Social Fund. As a Union Learning Rep he now runs learning centres in the FirstBus Leeds depots.
He graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a Certificate in Education and is currently taking a BA (Hons) in Education and Training via Leeds City College. He also trained in First Aid and is now the company’s qualified instructor.
Gary uses his skills as a Community Responder Volunteer with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. He is also training as an NVQ A1 Assessor. “Thanks to my own personal journey and development, I am better able to support my learners both formally and informally. I believe that lifelong learning is learning for life” he says.