Jo Brazington’s personal circumstances changed markedly following the breakdown of her marriage. It left her facing many uncertainties, including how she was going to earn a living.
Jo, from Gloucestershire, has worked in the farming and equestrian worlds for most of her life. A qualified farm secretary, she also ran a small rosette-making business from home while her children were young.
However, when confronted with some harsh realities, she sought to gain her HGV licence to build on her skillset and take advantage of potential new earning opportunities. “I’ve always driven agricultural machinery so this seemed a logical way forward,” explained Jo.
“A friend of mine from the NFU suggested I should contact R.A.B.I, who I’d not heard of before. I sent off an email explaining my situation and got a reply straight back. Then someone came out to see me, to talk through my situation and finances.”
R.A.B.I agreed to pay for Jo’s LGV Cat C training course and test fees. She did her theory training online and found a practical course with MT Training Services in Tewkesbury, receiving one-to-one instruction over a week-long period.
Jo said: “Having now gained all my qualifications and passed my HGV Cat C and Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) I would like to say a huge thank you for the funding.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the training and I had a paid job waiting to be done. Hopefully there will be many more to come.
“After my application had gone before R.A.B.I’s trustees, I got a telephone call from a member of the welfare team letting me know that it had been approved. That was very sweet.
“I definitely prefer to be doing something that’s hands-on and I’m able to fit driving in with other things. I like working outdoors, but it’s not always easy for women to find jobs in agriculture. Many still find it hard to be taken seriously.”