Ethan Byrne-Jones, 20, from Betws Garmon secures full-time role at Colin Jones Plastering Ltd

Ethan was referred onto the Active Inclusion project with Môn CF by his JCP Universal Credit Work Coach at the Caernarfon Job Centre back in February, as he needed support to search and apply for jobs.

Ethan faced multiple barriers that were preventing him from searching for work such as a lack of IT skills and a lack of confidence in completing application forms. Additionally, due to living in a very rural area, public transport was too infrequent to be utilised so a ‘close to home’ job was needed.

Ethan had previously completed a Level 1 Diploma in Construction Skills, was searching for work in the construction sector and wanted advice on how to obtain his CSCS card. Due to Covid 19 restrictions many training providers were unable to deliver this course, so an external training provider was sourced that delivered the course remotely. Ethan completed the Health and Safety in Construction course and following his attendance he was quickly notified that he had passed!

Following the course and attaining his CSCS card, Ethan was successful in securing a Paid Supported Placement labouring for a local plastering company, Colin Jones Plastering Ltd. Ethan was able to get to and from the placement using his motorbike.

Ethan has now completed his 16-week paid work placement and has been kept on in full time employment with Colin Jones Plastering Ltd. We caught up with them both last week and here’s what they had to say…