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Case Study: Brian Hopkinson

Case Study: Brian Hopkinson

What were you doing before you joined RSS Infrastructure?

I was a solider in the 1st Royal Irish Inventory Regiment from 2001-2007, touring in Iraq, Northern Ireland and Botswana. When I signed off from the military I began my transition into civil life, working for Chasetown Civil Engineering for 4 years.

After deciding on a career in rail, I undertook my Personal Track Safety training, and it has now been 5 years since I joined RSSI. I completed my IWA qualification and then went on to do my COSS training. I became a TCM with a gang of 9 at high output for around 2 years, progressing on to becoming the Works Manager for the last 3 months of the project. I moved onto Gwep, where I worked as a COSS for around a year, finally going on to become a PC Supervisor at ABC Walsall.

How have RSSI supported you?

In February last year I was offered the position of Rail Accounts Manager, where I have been ever since. RSS Infrastructure have provided me with an opportunity to advance my career, not only with the training provided whilst working on the tracks, but by also giving me the chance to succeed within an office environment, which is an undoubtably different role.

What are the next steps for you?

I am proud of my career progression and I hope to carry on advancing within the company, knowing that RSSI will support me all the way.

About Us

RSS Infrastructure (RSSI), based in Birmingham, Cwmbran, and Doncaster, provides infrastructure services for the rail, civil, and utilities sectors. They serve clients like Network Rail, WMCA, HS2 and Tier 1 & 2 contractors. Their services include Arboriculture, Civils and Construction, Geofencing, Industrial Rope Access (IRATA), Magnetic Track Safety, Rail Operations including Possession Management and P/Way, Rail Welding, Signalling, and Track Warning Services.

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