Harbour Way provides a route to sustainable employment
Costain and Neath Port Talbot Council have forged a successful
partnership to help 40 local residents find sustainable jobs
working on the construction of the Harbour Way link road.
Workways, a Neath Port Talbot Council led employment project,
supported Eric Doherty, Andrew Taylor and Neil Rees into permanent
jobs working on the Harbour Way development, which is expected to
be completed in Autumn 2013. Workways is supported by the European
Social Fund whilst Harbour Way is part-financed by the European
Regional Development Fund, through the Welsh Government.
Since being employed by Costain, the trio have received further
training to bolster their professional development including
courses in health and safety, traffic marshalling and CSCS site
safety. Eric has also begun studying for an NVQ level 3 in site
management whilst Andrew is starting an NVQ level 2 in construction
27 year old Eric Doherty from Lower Brynamman signed up to
Workways in January 2012. Having been out of work for a couple of
months, he felt he needed a chance to prove how competent an
employee he could be. With the support of Workways, Eric got his
opportunity through a temporary job at Costain. As a result of his
attitude, he was offered permanent employment as a site
Eric said "Workways offered me help, guidance and support. Being
back in work has given me my independence back. I'd like to thank
my line manager at Costain, Mark Blackburn, for having faith in me
and taking me under his wing."
Meanwhile, Andrew Taylor from Melyn was concerned his literacy
skills were holding him back in the employment market. Having
completed a confidence building course with Workways and impressed
during a temporary contract at Costain, Andrew was offered a
permanent position over 2 years ago. He is still enjoying his work
as a site labourer.
He said "Having a job has made a big difference. It means I'm
not skint anymore so I can afford to take my kids out and treat
them a bit."
Lastly, 55 year old Neil Rees from Ystradgynlais had been out of
work for 2 years before signing up to Workways. In a competitive
job market his age and lack of qualifications were counting against
him. Neil has now been employed by Costain for over a year.
He said "It's fantastic to have a job again. I'd been putting
job applications in everywhere with no luck and I was finding it
soul destroying. Workways really came up trumps for me."
Neath Port Talbot Council leader Ali Thomas said "It is
fantastic to hear more good news of people finding sustainable jobs
through the Workways project. Creating local job opportunities is a
key priority for the council so it is vital that we maximise the
benefits of large projects such as Harbour Way."