Retired South Yorkshire footballer trains for his new goal

Lovell Homes - New Career Skills students at Lincoln Gardens, Doncaster. L-R Richard Sykes Lovell Homes Site Manager with Ian Banks of New Career Skills.
Lovell Homes - New Career Skills students at Lincoln Gardens, Doncaster. L-R Richard Sykes Lovell Homes Site Manager with Ian Banks of New Career Skills.

A retired footballer from Mexborough has become one of the first people in the country to benefit from a new type of business partnership.

Ian Banks – who played for clubs including Rotherham United and Barnsley, as well as coaching at Chesterfield – is taking part in a work experience programme that knows no age limit to help him become an electrician.

Retired midfielder Ian, who worked as a financial advisor after hanging up his boots, is now looking to set up his own firm.

The training is offered by New Career Skills and building firm Lovell Group.

Ian, aged 52, said: “I hope the work experience with Lovell will give me an edge.

“It will definitely help me put into practice what I’ve learned during my studies.”

Jo Marriott, who heads the work placement programme at New Career Skills, said: “The slow-down in the economy has generated a 15 per cent increase in the number of people contacting us looking to retrain for a new career as a domestic plumber or electrician.

“As the economy picks up, people who have retrained are well placed to take advantage of better times.”

n For details, call 0800 037 9934 or visit www.newcareerskills.co.uk