Swansea

Helping unemployed people to improve their lives.

Meet Our Team

Adele Martin

Adele Martin

Employer Liaison Officer

Andrew Gardner

Andrew Gardner

Mentor

Angela Law

Angela Law

Mentor

Barbara Sarmiento

Barbara Sarmiento

External Funding Officer

Tracey Morton

Tracey Morton

External Funding Officer

Bella Pham

Bella Pham

External Funding Assistant

Stephanie Wallis

Stephanie Wallis

External Funding Assistant

Toni Delaney

Toni Delaney

External Funding Assistant

Christopher Lewis

Christopher Lewis

Employer Liaison Officer

Gemma John

Gemma John

Mentor

Lisa Richards

Lisa Richards

Lead Mentor

Lynette Pothecary

Lynette Pothecary

Mentor

Maria Bradbourn

Maria Bradbourn

Lead Employment Liaison Officer

Owen Williams

Owen Williams

Employment Liaison Officer

Sara Fitzpatrick

Sara Fitzpatrick

Voluntary Development Officer

Tracy Bowen

Tracy Bowen

Mentor

Deborah Murray

Deborah Murray

Mentor

Lynne Richards

Lynne Richards

Employment Liaison Officer

Megan Roberts

Megan Roberts

Employment Liaison Officer

Thomas Northcote

Thomas Northcote

Mentor

Sarah Walters

Sarah Walters

Mentor

Kayleigh Faram

Kayleigh Faram

Mentor

John Parkes

John Parkes

Mentor

What we can do for you

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Help to get a job

  • 1-1 support from an employment mentor.
  • Help to build your confidence.
  • Focus on the most suitable type of job.
  • Help to get to grips with interview techniques.
  • Help with job seeking.
  • Help to complete job applications.
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Access to employers

  • Workways+ have a network of employers that recruit using the Workways+ service.
  • Workways+ can put you forward for job vacancies.
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Funded Training / online and face to face.

  • Everything from a nail technician to a forklift operator!
  • Qualifications and certificates including CSCS card.
  • Fully funded, the participant doesn’t pay anything.
  • Travel expenses covered.
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Work experience

  • Work experience to develop skills.
  • Strengthen your CV
  • Employers value work experience.
  • Meet new people.

 

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Volunteering

  • Help others and help yourself
  • Develop skills
  • Make new friends
  • Impress future employers.

Forklift license helps lift Justin to new heights

Justin driving his forkliftWith multiple health issues including severe arthritis, for Justin Davies-Jones getting a full time job was always going to be a challenge. At age 14, due to poor health, Justin left school without any qualifications. With low self-esteem and no work experience to call upon, aged 26, Justin was desperate to take control of his life.

Justin’s journey to a better life began when his Job Centre referred him to Workways+, the service dedicated to helping unemployed people make a better life for themselves.

Workways+ provided Justin with fully funded support, assigning him Sam Mears, an experienced Workways+ mentor to work with him on a one to one basis.

Sam helped Justin identify that a job as a forklift driver was something Justin could do and crucially would enjoy. With this as their number one goal, Sam researched and found a forklift operating training course. Workways+ paid for all the training, the driving test and the operator license. Justin was thrilled and took full advantage of this opportunity and soon passed the tests to become a qualified Fork Lift Vehicle Operator.

The next step was for Sam to help Justin with searching for a job, developing interview skills and most importantly helping to build his confidence. With ongoing support of Workways+, an absolutely delighted Justin was successful in getting his first ever job, as a fork lift driver for a local firm.

Justin said “I was born with my heart on the wrong side of my body; I have severe arthritis in my muscles and have an ileostomy bag. My health issues prevented me from getting a job. Life felt hopeless and I was desperate for help. Workways+ have been brilliant, my mentor Sam really boosted my confidence and gave me all the support I needed to get a forklift license. Sam then helped me find a full time job as a forklift driver. Most of all though Sam helped me see past my disabilities to reach my goals.”

Workways+ tackles the barriers that prevent individuals from finding employment. The project provides support with job searching, CVs, application forms, interview skills and access to training. Participants are also matched with local businesses, helping them gain the vital experience needed to find long term employment. Workways is part funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

Justin continued “Workways+ have been superb, they made me believe in myself and get my first ever qualification and a job. Through work my life has opened up. I now have new friends and my confidence has never been higher. I love having a regular wage and I have bought a car and now my partner and I have financial stability. I would thoroughly recommend Workways+ to anyone that is looking to get into employment, no matter what barriers they face.”

 

Contact us at Workways+ Swansea

Workways+ Swansea

Civic Centre Swansea
Oystermouth Road
Swansea
SA1 3SN

Tel: 01792 637112

E-mail: workways+@swansea.gov.uk

Please call for a no pressure informal chat to see how Workways+ can help you