This month’s case study comes straight from the pages of The Mirror, as they explored green jobs as part of their Get Britain Working campaign.
“Former jockey David da Silva has found a new career as a technical engineer in servicing and repair for British Gas.
After he stopped riding, he tried his hand as an assistant trainer before being made redundant.
David, 31, who has a four-year-old son, said: “It was time to find a new life. One of the many advantages of the new world I’m in is that I help people get the best both economically and environmentally from their boilers. Knowing I make a difference for customers gives me a real buzz.”
David, who lives in Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross, got the idea for his new career while chatting to an engineer who was servicing his parents’ boiler.
He explained: “It dawned on me that there was a lack of plumbers in our area, so I started to explore my options.”
The Jockeys Employment & Training Scheme helped him enrol on a plumbing course at Perth College.
He said: “It was the best thing I could have done because when I applied for a British Gas apprenticeship that I had seen advertised, I’m sure it gave me an advantage over the rest. They could see I was already committed.”
David is now speeding through the five-year apprenticeship.
“I’ve just started going to jobs on my own – I love interacting with customers. Key to my work is advising them on how to get the best value from their boilers. I know I make a difference.””