Eco friendly jobs through Workways and ReAct.
Following his own experiences as a participant
on the Workways project, Tony Lewis, Director of Eco Homes
Manufacturing has bolstered his workforce with the assistance of
two European and Welsh Government funded projects.
Twenty three year old Ifan Lloyd has been
employed by the Neath Port Talbot based company with the support of
Workways and the Welsh Government’s ReAct scheme.
The South West Workways project is backed by
the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government. The project
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
A qualified carpenter; Ifan, from Glyncorrwg,
found himself unemployed in January this year. Once signed up on
the project, Ifan was able to access job search sessions on his
doorstep and one to one support from his Workways Mentor.
Ifan said “I was really impressed with the
Workways support. I was able to gain my CSCS card, and valuable
knowledge on interview techniques; and I wasn’t pressured into
taking any job.”
Already familiar with the employment
initiative and benefited from the support, company Director Tony
Lewis was eager to employ local people and immediately contacted
the Workways Employer Liaison Team.
Tony said “The support I received from
Workways was incredible. I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I
am now if it wasn’t for the help I received from the project.
"As soon as I was in a position to employ, I
came straight to Workways. I wanted to give something back, and
give someone an opportunity like I had.”
Ifan’s CV was one of the individuals put
forward for the vacancy in Kenfig, and following meetings between
Workways and Eco Homes, it was established that he and the company
were eligible for support from the Welsh Government’s ReAct Scheme.
The scheme is part-funded by the European Social Fund.
Following a successful interview, Ifan was
employed by Eco Homes as an Assembler/Fabricator in April this
Eco Homes Manufacturing is a UK-based
specialist in Off-site Closed Panel timber engineered
Ifan said “I’m really enjoying work here. I’m
glad that I’m doing something that I want to do, not something I
have to do.”
Director, Tony Lewis added “Ifan is a very
good worker. He’s shown really good progress, and hopefully will be
part of the Eco Homes team for years to come.”
Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port
Talbot Council said “I am delighted once more to see the continuing
success of the Workways Project and I would like to congratulate
the latest recipient of this wonderful initiative on their
dedication and commitment in attaining their goal. Once again I
wish to express my gratitude to everyone involved with South West
For more information about Workways visit
www.workways.co.uk or call 01639 684250.
The Welsh Government’s Redundancy Action
Scheme (ReAct) helps people affected by redundancy gain new skills
and encourage recruiting employers to employ a redundant worker.
Financial support is available for individual training as well as
up to £3,000 paid in four instalments as a contribution towards
wage costs for employers.
For more information on the Redundancy Action
Scheme go to
or contact the Welsh Government’s Skills Delivery Team on 01792