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Case Study: Ruth Kanu

Case Study: Ruth Kanu


What were you doing before you joined RSS Infrastructure?

I moved from Nigeria in September 2017, after deciding to study a Post-grad in HR and Business at Aston University. As part of my course I have to take part in a PDP (Professional Development Programme), meaning involvement in a work placement or year abroad. With this in mind, I started attending job fairs looking for an internship, that would be beneficial for my studies.

In January I came across RSSI at a job fair hosted by Aston University, conversing with Rachel and Richard I became interested in the business, and we discussed the prospect of an internship. After an anxious wait, I received a phone call from Dave Carnes, Head of Resourcing and Major Projects, offering me an internship working along side the resourcing department.

What do your internship at RSSI involve?

Starting my internship in April, I have been supporting the HR staff within the company. This involves collating application packs, arranging PPE receipts, organising and attending registration days and updating the database, deriving information from attendees. I have also been on-site on multiple occasions, letting people know who we are and what we do.

How have RSSI supported you?

When I initially started my internship at RSS Infrastructure I was not under a contract, but I was glad of the experience which was helping towards my Post-grad studies. RSSI were mindful of the fact that I had to cover various expenses, and offered me a 20-hour contract running through until February next year. I really enjoy working alongside my team of staff, and have found everyone to be very supportive.

What are your plans next?

I am currently writing my dissertation which will mark the end of my time studying in the UK, from there I will continue working with RSS Infrastructure until my contract expires. I am hoping I will be able to stay in the UK, ideally continuing to work for RSSI, but I would be glad of any work related to my area of study.

About Us

RSS Infrastructure provides multi-disciplinary infrastructure services for the rail, civil and utilities sectors. With offices in Birmingham, Cwmbran, and Doncaster, RSSI works with several clients, including Network Rail, WMCA, Midland Metro Alliance, HS2 as well as Tier 1 & 2 contractors. Services offered include; Arboriculture, Construction & Civils, Magnetic Track Safety, Possession Management, Rail Operations, Safety-Critical Resource, Signalling, Track Warning Services, and Welding.

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