01407 762004

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Why did you come to Môn CF?

I was referred to Môn CF by Coleg Menai – they told me that this was the best place to come to find work. I was interested in either sports or construction, but to be honest I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. Môn CF set me up with an Employment Support Mentor who helped me explore my options.

Did you do any training?

Yes. My Mentor told me about the CSCS training package Môn CF have on offer where I could gain the IOSH Working Safely qualification, sit the CITB Health, Safety & Environment test and get a CSCS card. This seemed like a good opportunity, and I started looking at the construction industry as a real possibility for me.

Did you do any volunteering or work experience?

Yes. My Mentor arranged a two-week work experience placement for me with a construction company in Conwy. Môn CF were able to sort out all of my personal protective equipment (PPE), and they helped me with travel arrangements and expenses. My Mentor helped me make a CV, plus I got a great reference from my placement, both of which came in really useful when I was applying for jobs.

What are you doing now?

I’m now doing my Level 3 Apprenticeship in Joinery & Plastering with Ombler Williams, attending Coleg Menai in Llangefni one day a week. I’m enjoying it and I’m very happy there.

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

I can’t say a bad thing about Môn CF – they supported me so much and I always felt that they were happy to help me.

Libby

Why did you come to Môn CF?

I was told about Môn CF by my Work Coach at the Job Centre. She told me that I could get help with my CV, support to find employment, and the opportunity to do some training while I was looking for work. Having worked in administration in the past I was looking to follow this route, but my main priorities were job security and something that fitted around my children.

Did you do any training?

Yes, my Môn CF Mentor enrolled me onto several courses, including Manual Handling, Health & Safety, First Aid and Mental Health First Aid. All of them were really useful – not only did they add to my CV, they built up my confidence and made me feel that I was ready to return to the workplace.

Did you do any volunteering or work experience?

Yes. Even though I already had experience in administration, I was keen to brush up on my skills, so my Mentor set up a three-week work placement within Môn CF helping out on the main reception desk and in the finance office. This was a great experience and really set me up for the job I’m doing now.

What are you doing now?

I’m now working for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in the North Wales Clinical School. My job title is Undergraduate Co-Ordinator and I organise the clinical placements of the medical students. This all came about because I signed up for the Step into Work programme and was fast-tracked through an NHS Orientation, an online training package and a voluntary placement in the department where I now work. I can’t recommend the programme enough for anyone who wants to work within the NHS!

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

I wouldn’t be where I am today without Môn CF’s help and their ‘do it now’ approach. Generally, being out of work is a stressful and worrying time, but having Môn CF on my side was like having my own little support team there ready and willing to help. I’d like to take this opportunity to say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much.

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Why did you come to Môn CF?

Initially, I came to Môn CF because I’d heard from a friend that they could help me learn to drive. Soon after signing up I was offered a space on a course of weekly revision sessions, at the end of which I sat and passed my driving theory test. During this period I became pregnant with my third child, and so I chose to put the support I was receiving on hold until after he was born. When he was a few months old I returned to Môn CF for help to find a job. My dream was to become a Healthcare Support Worker but, given that I was mum to three young children and was relying on public transport in one of the most rural areas of Anglesey, the journey ahead of me was a daunting prospect.

Did you do any training?

Yes, as well as completing the driving theory course I qualified as a First Aider. Because of my interest in working in healthcare, my Employment Support Mentor suggested I put my name forward for the ‘Step into Work’ programme, which Môn CF deliver in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB). I was successful in gaining a place on the programme, and went on to complete a series of ‘Icebreaker’ sessions, a full NHS ‘Orientation’, and a training package made up of classroom and web-based training. Having already passed my theory test, Môn CF were also able to make a financial contribution towards practical driving lessons.

Did you do any volunteering or work experience?

Yes, as part of the ‘Step into Work’ programme I completed a six-week work placement on Enlli Ward in Ysbyty Gwynedd. This was a huge challenge in lots of different ways – not only was I learning to care for patients in a busy, fast-paced healthcare setting, but I was still in the process of learning to drive, and public transport simply wasn’t an option due to shift times and childcare arrangements. It was tough, but with the support of friends, family and colleagues I got through it and enjoyed every minute on the ward. Môn CF and the DWP’s Parents Childcare and Employment project (PaCE) covered my travel costs, which was an important factor in me being able to complete my placement.

What are you doing now?

Following my successful completion of the ‘Step into Work’ programme, I have now been accepted onto BCUHB’s Nurse Bank as a Healthcare Support Worker, and I am doing as many shifts as I can every week! I’m working on a variety of wards, learning something new every day. This honestly is my dream role, and I’m absolutely loving it. The icing on the cake is that a few weeks ago I passed my driving test. Everything has come together for me; my life is on track and I’m so happy.

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

Môn CF have been amazing with me. Before I went to them I was ‘Mum’. I’d been out of work since before the birth of my first child, and I felt extremely isolated living in a rural area without the ability to drive. Now I have my own car, I’m doing my dream job, my children have settled well into school and nursery, and I’ve even started looking into buying the house I currently rent.

Today I’m still ‘Mum’, but I’m also ‘Melissa’.

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