People, Places, Business

Eco friendly jobs

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 finding work.

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 year.

Eco Homes Manufacturing is a UK-based specialist in Off-site Closed Panel timber engineered construction.

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 Workways.”

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 http://wales.gov.uk/topics/educationandskills/skillsandtraining/reactemployers/?lang=en or contact the Welsh Government’s Skills Delivery Team on 01792 765888.