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André Blackwood, an engineer, is enjoying a new career in the railway industry.

André, 24, from Erdington, is working on the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station.

Appointed as a trainee commissioning engineer for the redevelopment Mr Blackwood is pleased to be back at work after a spell of unemployment.

‘I was worried about my next career move after being made redundant from my last job working as an engineering assistant, but found the telecoms job online and haven’t looked back. Things have really turned around since then and I’m really enjoying working for Atkins on the Gateway project,’ says André.

The project will transform rail journeys in Birmingham and is already bringing new jobs to the city.

Rail chiefs want a strong and dynamic workforce which ensures that the project continues to progress on time and on budget.

Says Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council, ‘The redevelopment of New Street station has huge advantages for the people of Birmingham and at the council we have always encouraged local employment on the project to ensure Birmingham residents are aware of the opportunities available to them and have the chance to be a part of this exciting project.

‘The opening of the new John Lewis store in 2014 as part of the station redevelopment will bring in itself up to 1000 new jobs which we will help to source locally.’

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