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Josh's Job fits the Bill

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 path.

“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 career.

“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."