SHIRLEY’S own ‘Mr Fix It’ has been awarded an MBE for his work with disabled people.
Grandfather-of-one, Leslie Mosley, was the duty manager at Forward for Work, in Nechells, since it was created in 1982 to support learning disabled adults through a three-year training programme and then into employment.
Mr Mosley, aged 64, went on to devote 29 years’ service providing real working vocational training in engineering, manufacturing and even potato peeling, earning himself the title of Mr Fix It.
He’s getting an MBE for services to Birmingham’s disabled people, having also been responsible for health and safety at Forward for Work’s Inkerman Street base, along with new starters’ inductions and information technology and computers. Mr Mosley, who retired through ill health last year, said: “I miss the trainees a great deal. I still speak to a lot of the people there on the internet and I’ve got around 60 friends from there on Facebook.
“The most pleasure I ever got in my job was 20 years ago helping get a guy a job at Birmingham Airport. He got a job there working in a team repairing runway lights – so people were relying on him to get his job right.”
He added: “I always had the feeling that disabled people were short-changed in life, so when I saw the job at the newly-established Forward for Work advertised in the Birmingham Mail nearly 30 years ago, I decided to have a go.
“I was there right from the start and was introduced to the Queen at the official opening – maybe I’ll be meeting her again this year, but I don’t suppose she’ll remember me.”