Josh’s job fits the bill
A young man from Sandfields has secured
long-term job success with a local engineering company thanks to
the help of an EU-backed employment project.
22 year old Josh Preece has now been employed
as a technical support trainee by Llandarcy based Hornbill
Engineering for over a year after initially landing the role via
the South West Workways project.
Workways, which is backed by the European
Social Fund through the Welsh Government, is led by Neath Port
Talbot Council in collaboration with Bridgend, Carmarthenshire,
Pembrokeshire and Swansea Councils. The project supports people to
overcome the barriers which prevent them from finding work.
Prior to signing up to Workways, Josh was
struggling to tie down a fulltime job let alone find a career
“I was doing agency work on and off in a
factory - it wasn’t fulltime and it was a dead end job with no
future,” said Josh.
“I had an open mind about what I wanted to do
but I needed guidance to find a company where there would be
long-term job career prospects.”
Having been recommended Workways by his
friends, Josh signed up for support.
“Straight away the ball was rolling and they
sorted me out with job interviews. I was also helped with interview
techniques and completing application forms.”
When Josh expressed an interest in a career in
engineering, Workways helped him secure a temporary job as a
technical support trainee with Llandarcy based Hornbill
Engineering. In addition, the project supported him to complete a
Computer-aided design course.
Having proved himself to be a valuable member
of the team, Josh was delighted when Hornbill offered him a
permanent role. More than one year later, he’s thriving in his new
“Over the last year I’ve been given more
responsibility – I’m increasingly involved in writing quotations
and meeting clients. Hornbill is also supporting me to complete
further qualifications. I hope to progress even further with the
company in years to come.
“It’s satisfying to now have a career. I know
what it’s like to have no job security and be on Jobseeker’s
Allowance - so I’m in a very good place now.”
Jess Phillips, Business Coordinator, Hornbill
Engineering said “At Hornbill we are committed to giving young
people a chance. Josh is an integral part of the Hornbill team and
is developing and progressing well in his training.”
Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port
Talbot Council said “Workways offers a range of support to help
people find sustainable careers. I wish Josh every success with his
career in engineering."