Two years and counting at Neath Town Council
Three residents of Neath Port Talbot have
found long term sustainable employment at the local Town Council
with the assistance of an EU backed employment project.
With the support of South West Workways,
Russell Baker, Tina Rees and Sarah Williams all successfully gained
employment at Neath Town Council over the past two years and are
still gainfully employed serving the local community.
South West Workways is supported by the
European Social Fund, through the Welsh Government. The project
supports people to overcome the barriers which prevent them from
Russell Baker, 61 from Baglan worked for
thirty years as a Team Leader and Erector in the steel
industry, and took early retirement from Tata
Steel in the Spring of 2011. Keen for a change in employment and
environment, Russell self referred to the Workways project in hope
of finding a new career path.
Russell required assistance in updating his CV
and attended Workways jobsearch sessions to carry this out and
start applying for vacancies. Within a month, a temporary position
became available at Neath Town Council as an Assistant Maintenance
Worker. After completing a three month temporary contract, Russell
was offered a full time position with the Town Council in December
Russell said “Workways were brilliant! As soon
as I signed up I had plenty of job opportunities on the table. I
wasn’t pushed to take a particular job, and I’m glad I picked this
one; the last two years have been great.
My Mentor was really supportive, and the
Employer Liaison Officers really helped me with the application
process. I can’t praise them enough” he added.
Tina Rees, 32 from Cwmafan was made redundant
from her previous job in a café. Despite having previous
administration experience as well, Tina was applying for jobs
without any response. Once signed up with the project she was
referred to Workways’ jobsearch sessions in order to kick start her
route back in to employment.
Tina said “I was starting to lose confidence
in myself. I wasn’t getting any luck with interviews at all.
Signing up to Workways was just right for me.”
In order to overcome her low confidence
levels, Tina attended a Workways’ Inspire confidence building
course. Shortly afterwards, Workways set Tina up with a temporary
job as a Kitchen Assistant at Neath Town Council’s Community Cafe
and after proving her ability was offered a permanent position in
“I love it here! I can’t believe it’s just
over two years since I got the job. I get on really well with my
colleagues; and I really enjoy meeting the people that use our
café.” Tina added.
Thirty four year old Sarah Williams from
Melyncrythan is also now employed by the Town Council. When
referred to the Workways project, Sarah was only looking for part
time hours, due to having caring responsibilities for her child. It
became apparent that an office based position would be ideal for
Sarah, and Workways was able to fund Sage accounts training to
improve her chances of employment.
Workways sourced a temporary job at Neath Town
Council as an Admin Assistant, and arranged IT training for using
the Microsoft Excel package. Following her temporary contract,
Sarah was offered a permanent role in the office in February
Sarah said “The job is going really well;
everyone is so helpful here. Workways really helped me to find the
part time hours that I needed. I’ve been so lucky to find such a
flexible place to work.”
Town Clerk, Kathryn Charles said “Neath Town
Council is proud to be working in partnership with Workways.
“Workways have provided the Town Council with
support in the recruitment and selection of Council vacancies in
the Community. Recently, we have received excellent support in
filling three temporary vacancies which have developed into full
“We look forward to continuing to work
together in the future.”
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 recipients 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