Dean is courting success thanks to help from employment
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
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
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
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
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.