Môn CF regrets to announce that it will be closing its Gwynedd offices with effect from January 2023.
Our offices at Dean Street, Bangor and Pool Street, Caernarfon were opened specifically to provide support for Gwynedd residents utilising European funding. With European Funding now coming to an end we have no alternative but to cease our operation in these two locations.
We would like to thank all our valued clients in Gwynedd for trusting Môn CF to assist them with their endeavours. Môn CF’s service will continue on the Isle of Anglesey with our employment, business support and training teams still maintaining a high level of assistance for those in business, those wishing to become self-employed and individuals looking for work or improved career circumstances.
As our time in Gwynedd comes to an end, we want to reflect and celebrate the success of the people we have had the pleasure of working with. Since we opened our Bangor and Caernarfon offices in February 2021, we have worked with over 400 people, 75% of them on our European Social Funded (ESF) Active Inclusion project and 25% of these on our ESF In-Work project.
With the support of our in-house training team, 127 clients have gained a range of accredited qualifications. We have created over 200 CVs and helped over 240 people to improve their labour market situation.
We have worked with over 200 businesses, supporting them to recruit staff which often happened via bespoke jobs fairs, and we funded a number of supported-salary work placements. 47 individuals were placed in Gwynedd-based enterprises and over 80% of these individuals secured permanent employment with these businesses.
Two such individuals who have been supported are Adam Giles and Alaw Griffiths.
Adam Giles was a school age pupil who attended our Anelu Programme at Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle and has since been supported to pass his CSCS test and gain his Labourers Card.
“I felt nervous approaching Mȏn CF for support, but Rhian (Employment Mentor) helped me with everything. I have completed numerous courses and found the CSCS App to be very useful. I now have my CSCS card and hope to be starting work with a local construction company in the new year.”
Alaw Griffiths, 19 years old, from Groeslon is on her chosen path to becoming a paramedic.
When Alaw was in year 11, she went on work experience to a local primary school, and it was at this point she realised teaching was not for her and she wanted to become a paramedic.
After studying Health and Social Care and Public Services at A-Level, Alaw applied for a university Paramedic Science course but was unsuccessful with her application due to a lack of relevant experience in the sector.
Alaw came to Môn CF after meeting us in our Caernarfon jobs fair back in February 2022; she was working on a zero-hour contract at a local Heritage Railway at the time. She was seeking advice on ways in which she could build the relevant knowledge and skills in the care sector to be able to re-apply for the University Paramedic Course the following year.
Alaw initially received support with her CV in preparation to start job searching and completed training in Emergency First Aid at Work, Manual Handling, Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid, Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Prevention. Once Alaw’s CV was enhanced with these new qualifications, Rhian supported Alaw with job applications and interview preparation. Alaw was successful in securing a role as a Health Care Bank Assistant at Ysbyty Gwynedd and is thoroughly enjoying the role.
“I have a list of qualifications that I wouldn’t have had before, that’s all down to Môn CF. If I didn’t come here, I wouldn’t have had all these qualifications and there would be no way of getting them either. They looked good on my CV and allowed me to get the job. Rhian helped me with my CV and application form, she did everything really. It was brilliant, she was very helpful. Rhian did everything she could to make sure that it all went ok. She went out of her way.”
Through actively working within a care environment, Alaw will now be able to provide sufficient evidence to boost her prospects of securing a university place when she applies in January 2023. Her goal is to become a paramedic and she will continue working on the bank while she studies.
Goodbye, for now Gwynedd, it has been a pleasure.