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.
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
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
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
“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
“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
“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
“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
Now that Trevor has settled in at his now job,
he hopes that a progression within the company would be a
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
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
“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.”
To find out more about Workways, call 01639
684250 or visit http://www.workways.co.uk/