People, Places, Business

Michelin Stars in Glyncorrwg

Afan Valley woman swaps Michelin stars for Glyncorrwg Skyline

Fiona Yancek

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 project.

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 could work.”

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 permanent employment.

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 the least!”

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 tearoom.

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 achieving this.”

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 economic climate.”

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.