New lease of life for Trevor

New lease of life for Trevor at CRM

Father of four Trevor Scannell is thoroughly enjoying working life after finding long term sustainable employment at the local recycling management company with the assistance of the South West Workways project.

Trevor Scannell

After a tough period of time, thirty three year old Trevor, from Seven Sisters, has been an employee of Dawnus CRM for over twelve months after support from the EU backed employment project.

Led by Neath Port Talbot Council, in collaboration with Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Bridgend and City and County of Swansea, the Workways project is backed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

The project provides support with job searching, CVs, application forms, interview skills, telephone techniques and access to training.

Construction Recyclate Management (CRM) is a subsidiary of Dawnus Construction. They aim to maximise the recycling of construction waste and to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, store materials for re-use and centrally track the company’s waste, recycling and re-use statistics.

Trevor, originally from London was widowed when his partner developed breast cancer whilst pregnant and sadly passed away when the baby was five moths old. He was left with four children aged fifteen, four, two and five months.

He was forced to leave his job as a Transport Controller, and during the three years that Trevor was unemployed, he was attending college courses with Neath Port Talbot College through the support of the Genesis project.

In a bid to turn his fortunes around, Trevor successfully re-sat his GCSE English and Maths, and was supported to start his AAT accounting course – he would get the bus from Seven Sisters to Neath College with two children in full time school, one part time and one in crèche.

Trevor was rewarded for his efforts and received the Learn Direct Flexible Learning Award 2013.

Following the discontinuation of Genesis, Trevor was referred to Workways, who continued to assist with childcare arrangements and funding to enable him to continue with his studies.

Trevor said “Childcare for me was my biggest issue, at the time I couldn’t see any way round being able to attend courses or work whilst looking after my 3 young children.

“After initially helping me to arrange childcare and funding for my courses, I saw the job that I do now advertised on one of Workways’ regular e-mails. At the time I was only playing with the idea of returning to work, but this happened to be a job that fitted perfectly with both my future career interests and my requirement to support my family.”

Continuing to assist Trevor in his search for employment, Workways put forward his CV to Dawnus CRM as application for a part time Finance Assistant position, in which he was successful in gaining.

Trevor said “I was over the moon to get the job.

“I deal with the administration of the finances within CRM, reporting the income and costs to the director as well as looking at all the different aspects of the business, reporting on current performance and helping to improve on them.

“I enjoy looking at the dynamics of the business and how it works, being able to suggest changes and seeing how those changes affect the business.

“Workways was vital in helping me back to work and deal with all the obstacles in my way. It’s safe to say without the help of Workways there is no way I would be in the position I’m in now.”

“Having a job has made a huge difference in my life.  To find myself unemployed, and what I initially thought as unemployable contributed to one of the lowest points of my life.  Now I am back in work I have found a new lease of life, a purpose and the feeling that I am now providing for my family is priceless.”

Now that Trevor has settled in at his now job, he hopes that a progression within the company would be a possibility.

He said “My hopes for the future would be to grow within my role; I am still attending college and studying as an accounting technician which can only help in achieving this goal.”

Martin Jackson, Director of CRM, said “Trevor has proved to be a valuable member of our team. He applies himself with diligence and enthusiasm to every task allocated to him.

“The project is an approachable organisation that tries to understand our business needs and to match applicants to those needs. As a result we have sourced a number of office and site personnel via Workways.

“Workways demonstrate a real enthusiasm for getting people back into the workplace. Both before and during employment Workways work hard to ensure that the candidate presented matches the role to be performed.”

Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council said “This is fantastic news for Trevor, whose determination and commitment not only to finding work but achieving what was most important to him and that was to provide for his children.

“Of course it has turned Trevor’s life right around, and I am delighted that Workways has been able to assist him in his endeavours. Once again, I’d like to express my gratitude to all members of the Workways staff.”

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