People, Places, Business

Skyline Employment Support

Glyncorrwg cycle shop and café is back on track thanks to support from employment project

Skyline Cycles and Café, a Glyncorrwg based business, has benefitted from a variety of support from the EU-backed South West Workways project.

With the downturn in the economy and frequent cycle track closures in the Afan valley caused by sudden oak death, Steve Moorwood’s 9 year old cycle shop and café business had been hit hard.

Having contacted Workways, an EU-backed employment project, Steve accessed a range of support which helped his company to weather the storm.

Steve said “There was always someone from Workways there to offer us encouragement in the down times. They were very positive about what we do.”

As well as receiving assistance with the recruitment of 6 members of staff, Workways helped Steve to access ReAct funding for employees who had been previously made redundant. Steve was also put in contact with the NPT Business Development Team from whom he received marketing support.

Steve said “Workways hasn’t just helped us to recruit new members of staff; they’ve supported us with a whole host of things. Workways always put us in contact with the right people. They know what support is available and who to ask.”

One new member of the Skyline team recruited through Workways is 25 year old Leah Squibbs from Glyncorrwg.

Having been made redundant from her previous job, Leah was notified about a vacancy at the Skyline Café shortly after signing up for the employment project. She was delighted to successfully apply for the job.

Leah said “Workways got me a job straight away. They helped me to buy a new uniform and access REACT funding so I could get the necessary certificates to work in the café. I wouldn’t have got this job without their help.”

Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council said “It is excellent to hear more news of the support which Workways is providing to local businesses and residents of Neath Port Talbot.

“South West Workways works closely with local businesses, helping them with their recruitment. Workways supports these companies by advertising vacancies to its pool of job ready participants, shortlisting candidates, organising recruitment days and exploring business support avenues.

“Workways is backed with £12.6 million from the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government. The project is led by Neath Port Talbot Council in collaboration with Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Swansea Councils.

“Thank you all and very well done.”