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trio Pyle in for a job

Neath Port Talbot trio Pyle in for a job

Thanks to the support of an employment project, three people from Neath Port Talbot have found permanent jobs at Pyle based ASW Property Services Limited.

The South West Workways project, which is backed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government, helped Barry Habberley, Kirsty Maddox and Liz Parsons find work at ASW Property Services, a company which provides repair and maintenance services to social housing on behalf of local councils and housing associations.

Before getting in touch with Workways, 48 year old Barry Habberley from Cwmafan had taken a 2 year career break to care for a family member. When he was ready to return to employment, Workways supported him through a range of training which led to him securing a permanent job with ASW as a construction worker.

Barry said “Workways listened to me. They asked me what I wanted to do and found out the kind of help I needed to get me there. Having a job has changed my life. I can now afford to go to the cinema and buy things for the home. When you’ve been on the dole for so long it makes a hell of a lot of difference.”

Meanwhile, Liz Parsons from Port Talbot and Kirsty Maddox from Taibach have secured permanent jobs in contract administration with ASW after initially landing temporary contracts with the company through Workways.

Liz said “The support I received from Workways was invaluable. They set up interviews for me and found an employer who was willing to look beyond my lack of recent employment.”

Kirsty said “I love working at ASW. The people are lovely and every day I’m learning something new. I’ve always wanted to do this kind of job.”

Ian James, Technical Director of ASW Property Services, said “Workways has helped us address our resourcing needs in a simple and effective manner. We have built up a good working relationship with the team who understand our company and our recruitment requirements. Barry, Kirsty and Liz are a testament to this."

Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council said “The Workways project continues to offer invaluable support to the residents of Neath Port Talbot. Congratulations to the trio who have successfully found jobs.”

South West Workways is led by Neath Port Talbot Council, in collaboration with Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire Councils. The project aims to tackle the barriers that prevent individuals from finding employment by providing support with job searching, CVs, applications forms, interview skills, telephone techniques, access to volunteering and opportunities to gain qualifications. Participants are also matched with local businesses, helping them gain the vital experience needed to find long term employment.