Why did you come to Môn CF?

The reason I initially got in contact with Mon CF, was because I wanted help with my CV and I didn’t know what types of jobs I could apply for. I had previously been to University and trained as a secondary school teacher. I then had my first child and have spent the last couple of years at home, so it had been sometime since I had worked. Even though I want to go back to teaching eventually; it was not something I wanted to do straight away, (mainly because I felt I had lost all my confidence after being at home and not in work.)

Did you do any training?

Yes! I did the confidence building and interview skills course, this was to help improve my own confidence, and my mentor suggested I could potentially assist with delivering the course in future. Not only to build my confidence but to also give me some more current experience (and confidence) with regards to getting back into teaching. I also did the Level 3 Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults course, to give me some up to date training towards getting back into teaching - it was really informative, much more in depth than anything I'd previously received whilst doing my teacher training!

Did you do any volunteering or work experience?

Yes I completed a six week paid work placement at the Treaddur Bay Hotel, which was a front of house role working in different areas of the hotel. I had to be interviewed for this position, and got feedback that I really impressed at interview and seemed really confident (which I didn't think I was), which was a huge boost to my confidence! After the first week of working, I was told by management that they were getting really good reports back, and they were really happy with my work, and that I would be getting offered a contract at the end of my placement! I was actually really surprised how much I enjoyed the job, and after just a couple of weeks of working I started to get my confidence back again!

What are you doing now?

At the moment due to the current situation with COVD 19 I am not working. However, I have been told that once the Treaddur Bay Hotel is able to reopen that the offer of a contract will still be there. I am also looking at the possibility of other employment during the current situation with support from my Mentor, she is still in regular contact and we discuss opportunities.

What do you think is the best thing about Môn CF?

When I first came to Mon CF, I wasn't sure if or how they would be able to help me, and they did help in more ways than I could of ever imagined! I felt like my mentor really understood how I was feeling and what I needed to get me back on track with working - she also wrote me a really great CV when I had not a lot to put on it! The courses are great and delivered so well, and are really helpful. Also, the placement was great, it was exactly what I needed to get me back into working, and give me the confidence I needed to feel like I could work again. It was also good that my mentor wasn't just thinking about me getting work now (which is what I was doing), but also about the future and doing things towards me eventually going back to teaching aswell - the support is continued.

Why did you come to Môn CF?

I came to Môn CF because I had heard from friends & acquaintances that they were fantastic in helping people to get back into employment and re-training, which is something I was keen to do.

Did you do any training?

I did so many different courses which were a real boost to my CV. This included things like Equality and Diversity, Emergency First Aid, Customer Service and Fire Safety as well as the All Wales Core Skills training as part of the NHS Step Into Work programme.

Did you do any volunteering or work experience?

I completed a six week work placement at Ysbyty Gwynedd, working on the Renal Ward in the Administration Department. This helped to boost my confidence and give me real experience of working in a hospital setting.

What are you doing now?

I am currently working for the NHS on Bank as a Receptionist and Admin Assistant in a GPs surgery in Holyhead, though at present I am based at the Red Hi Site for suspected COVID-19 patients.

What do you think is the best thing about Môn CF?

The best thing about Môn CF is all the training you get and the continuous support in gaining paid employment. It means the world to me that I am now in employment and doing something I love! I am so happy I went with Môn CF as it has changed my life! 

Why did you come to Môn CF?

I had been looking for work in the area for a few months and wasn’t having any luck! I felt like I was hitting a lot of dead ends looking for a new job and when applying I wasn’t having much luck. I was a little nervous at first coming into Mon CF as I wasn’t sure what to expect, but once I was in the ball was rolling. My mentor supported me with many things in addition to employment support which has been a huge help! I wasn’t aware of some of the opportunities out there for me with other organisations – but my mentor assisted me in connecting with other support too! There are many aspects of life that are affected when your unemployed for a while, so being pointed in the right direction really benefited me. My mentor kept me updated with any vacancies I was interested in and helped me prepare for interviews.

Did you do any training?

Yes, I completed my Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work, Level 2 Mental Health First Aid, and Level 3 Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults, which has been very useful for the type of career I was working towards. The courses helped boost my CV and job applications because they were so relevant to the work I wanted. I really learned a lot from attending, everyone was in the same boat on the course; it didn’t matter your age or ability because the where was extra support if anyone needed it!

Did you do any volunteering or work experience?

Yes, my mentor arranged for me to get a DBS check so that I could start working in a local Youth Pod. I was doing that for a few weeks (before COVID 19), it’s really rewarding and has put something current and up to date on my CV in the field I want to work in.

What are you doing now?

Alongside my volunteering, I gained employment as a Youth Worker for the Isle of Anglesey County Council. My mentor made me aware of the vacancy and helped me prepare for my interview.  I am really enjoying my job! Since the current situation with COVID 19 my mentor has been calling me, checking on my well being and still helping me look for both voluntary and paid work. We have also been looking at ways I can learn and upskill online!!

What do you think is the best thing about Môn CF?

The best thing about Môn CF was not feeling pressured into accepting just any job that was available. They helped me find the kind of work I actually wanted to do, even in these unprecedented times the team are still there for me!

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