So it’s goodbye from me…
So today’s blog is going to be short and sweet and something of a departure from my usual ramblings.
I’ve been a freelance health and safety tutor for over 21 years. Over that time I’ve worked for various training providers but RRC has been the one constant almost from the start. I was drawn to RRC like a moth to the flame. I think it was the full-page adverts in SHP magazine that did it. And the logo. Who doesn’t like a good logo?
Variety is the spice of life
I’ve done a lot of in-company delivery for RRC and this has taken me into lots of interesting workplaces. The Francis Crick Institute was a highlight. As an ex-scientist this was like going into Willy Wonka’s. And Warner Bros. Studios is fantastic. If you’ve followed my blogs you’ll know I’m a film buff and an HP fan.
And I’ve met a lot of interesting people. If I’ve learned anything over 20 odd years it’s that there is no such thing as a typical H&S student. All ages, all backgrounds and all manner of personalities get drawn to the subject. Some of their tales bring to mind that quote from Spike in Notting Hill. I can’t repeat it here (they won’t let me) but it involves things shrinking to the size of raisins.
But the time has come for me to move on. As someone succinctly put it “so you have finally realised that you are past your sell-by date?” To which the answer is “yes”.
I owe a debt of gratitude to RRC for offering me gainful employment over the years. Thank you for the opportunities. Thank you for trusting me with your business reputation. Thank you to all of the people that I have worked with over the years. You’ve been a joy (mostly). I will miss getting into the offices early to set up. I will miss pouring over the Metro in the breaks. I will miss the crisps at lunch-time. I will miss Karen’s very unsubtle sexual innuendos. I will miss the chats. I will miss the pints in the Alex after work.
And in particular I would like to wish Richard, Vicky, Andrew and Gary all the very best for the future.
… and it’s goodbye from him.
Dr Jim Phelpstead BSc, PhD, CMIOSH
RRC Consultant Tutor