RDW2019 Case Study: Shaunna O’Reilly24/09/2019
What were you doing before joining RSS Infrastructure?
“I was working in construction, when I saw people working in the rail industry from afar. I quickly became interested in this route of employment, but was unsure of how to delve into this line of work. Luckily, I had a contact who had gone through training with INFRA Skills, and they pointed me in the right direction.”
What have you achieved since joining RSS Infrastructure?
“Since working with RSS Infrastructure I have never looked back, having partaken in various training courses to expand my qualifications and skills. Although I did my apprenticeship externally, I repeated my Personal Track Safety (PTS) competency with INFRA Skills. Since then I have taken part in numerous courses to advance my skills even further including; lookout, Points Operator (PO), Level Crossing Attendant (LXA), Safe Work Leader 1 (SWL1) and my Controller of Site Safety (COSS) competency.”
How have RSS Infrastructure supported you?
“I have been diagnosed with dyslexia and also Asperger’s, this didn’t faze the training staff who were more than willing to assist me with any extra help or support. This meant assistance with reading, as well as general support and advice from the staff, even after I had completed training.
I really enjoy working in the industry because of the versatility of the people you come across, no two people being the same. I would love to see more women working in the rail industry and it’s great to see RSSI trying to achieve this.
My dedication and work ethic have aided me to progress within the industry, being approached by the RSSI Track Warning System (TWS) department, the UK’s sole provider of Track Warning Systems to join their team. This was a fantastic opportunity I couldn’t pass up on and having now completed my training, I am really looking forward to continue down this new career path.”
What are you plans for the future?
“I am currently qualified as a COSS, Machine Controller Slinger and a Crane Controller and now I am planning to complete my training to become an Engineering Supervisor. To do so, I hope to gain the best understanding possible of the areas I would be overseeing in this role, and plan to undertake more training, gaining valuable knowledge which will help me in the future.
Since completing my training with TWS I have been working on various shifts, building up my knowledge in this area. Since joining them I have really enjoyed the new challenge, and I am planning to upskill myself even further so I can continue to progress within this department.”