Barry’s Story

Barry was first introduced to Trax Care & Academy as an adolescent 14-year old with an interest in motorbikes and anything mechanical. His parents were living apart when Barry was growing up and sadly both are now deceased. Due to his regular contact with the instructors at Trax Academy, Barry felt they became a family to him at a very difficult time in his life.

Barry had a wide range of interests as a young lad, which included mixing music, pedal trials stunt bikes, motocross and model making to name a few. Barry completed his education and then worked for Trax Academy (prior to the sale to Care4Children) as a Residential Childcare Worker and Practical Skills Instructor whilst he acquired his Level 3 NVQ in Social Care & Young Children.

In 2012 he decided to expand on his experience and has since worked as a mechanic, valeter and scrapyard crane driver locally. Barry is now 27, a responsible family man and employed with Pioneer TEC as a plant driver and instructor. In addition, Barry is responsible for the general upkeep and maintenance of the site with additional duties such as fencing, grass mowing, circuit construction and maintenance and the use of plant and machinery.

Barry is highly personable and offers an excellent role model and mentor for those young people who want to achieve success and economic independence. He will therefore act as an official mentor and supervisor once students embark on their work experience and part-time employment at Pioneer TEC or at the TRAX Motocross facility. 

Eddie Sloane
Chairman, Pioneer TEC Training & Education to Employment Centre