People, Places, Business

Courting Success

Dean is courting success thanks to help from employment project

Dean Morgan Workways

Following support from the EU-backed South West Workways project, 29 year old Dean Morgan of Briton Ferry is on a fast-track to career success. Since finding a job through Workways in April, Dean has been promoted from a semi-skilled worker to an Assistant Site Manager at Jistcourt, a local construction company.

After 8 months of unemployment, Dean was getting nowhere in his search for a job.

He said “Because of the volume of people looking for work I was struggling to find anything. It was really hard not getting any feedback from the vacancies I was applying for too.”

Having been referred to Workways by Jobcentre Plus, Dean signed up for a Momentum week being run by the employment project. This gave him the opportunity to learn skills in a variety of construction trades and also the chance to impress potential employers.

Jon Mogford, Operations Manager at Jistcourt, quickly took notice of Dean’s ability.

He said “I was impressed by Dean’s work and his attention to detail. The commitment he put in during the week was excellent so we were happy to offer him work.”

Whilst Dean was initially offered a temporary job as a semi-skilled worker, it was soon picked up by the Site Manager that Dean had a lot more to offer Jistcourt.

Dean was transferred to Jistcourt’s Pontardawe site, where for the next two months he undertook the role of Tenant Liaison Officer. By the end of his contract, Dean was delighted to be offered a permanent position and a promotion to the role of Assistant Site Manager.

Jon Mogford said “From the reports I received from staff, Dean had shown so much potential that we decided to offer him a position as Assistant Site Manager.”

Jon is also confident that Dean can progress further with Jistcourt.

He said “Hopefully we’ll see Dean moving into a Site Manager’s position within Jistcourt in the not too distant future.”

Dean acknowledges the difference the support from Workways has made to his life.

He said “Workways were really determined to get me into employment. My Mentor Rebecca and Rob my Employer Liaison Officer were both very helpful.”

“Having a job has made a considerable difference. With a mortgage and children it was very difficult to make my cash stretch. I’m now much happier in my family and working life; it’s really really good to have a job.”

Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council said “Workways plays an important role in helping local people access employment opportunities. Their efforts under the present economic climate are to be commended and they make Members of this Council very proud. This is a wonderful example of what happens when jobseekers are given a chance to show what they are capable of. I would also like to congratulate Marjorie Bartlett and her team for the wonderful work they do.”

South West Workways provides support to help people overcome the barriers which prevent them from finding work. Participants, who choose to take part in the project, are helped with job applications, CVs, interview techniques, personal development and access to training.

Workways is backed by 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.