Afan Valley woman swaps Michelin stars for Glyncorrwg
An Afan Valley resident who previously worked
at one of the country’s best restaurants has found a job at a
Glyncorrwg café thanks to the support of an EU backed employment
38 year old Fiona Yancek from Croeserw had
been unemployed since the birth of her youngest son over 3 years
ago. Having relocated with her family from London, where her
previous employment included a 6 month stint in front of house at
the 3 Michelin starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Fiona was
struggling to find work.
Fiona said “Because I’ve got young children, I
was having difficulty finding any suitable jobs. My childcare
commitments meant I was very limited with the days and times I
Having met Workways at Croeserw Community
Centre, Fiona’s employment search picked up rapidly. She was
helped to look for job vacancies and was subsequently matched with
a temporary job as a catering assistant at Skyline Café in
Glyncorrwg. Workways also helped Fiona to train for a personal
alcohol license in order to improve her chances of securing
As a result of her positive attitude and
commitment throughout her temporary job, Fiona was delighted to be
taken on permanently by Skyline.
Fiona said “It’s great working here. It’s a
really nice atmosphere and a great team. It’s a little bit more
relaxed than Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. It’s a major change to say
She added “Workways rocks. It’s brilliant what
they’ve done for me – both the support they offered and the fact
they helped me find this job. They didn’t look down on me; they
just did what they could to help.
In the future, Fiona hopes her experience at
Skyline Cafe will prove useful in her aim to open her own
Fiona said “I’m currently doing courses and
training to help me achieve the goal of opening my own tearoom.
Working at Skyline Café is a big stepping stone towards me
Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port
Talbot Council said “Well done to Fiona. The South West Workways
project has once again demonstrated the difference it can make to
local people in their search for employment during this challenging
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.