Lewis had been in receipt of Personal Independence Payment. But he wanted to gain some experience and qualification in order to improve his prospects of finding employment in the future, cue Bron Afon’s Active Inclusion backed That Works Training Academy project.
So, in January 2017, Lewis began his journey to employment with Bron Afon. Lewis already had some ideas as to what he wanted to do – he had a keen interest in carpentry so with this in mind, they laid down their plans to find him a job.
Lewis undertook a Level 2 in Emergency First Aid in the Workplace and passed with flying colours. He even spent some time with the Bron Afon Trades team to experience life in a real working environment. He quickly became part of the team thanks to his excellent attitude and work ethic.
An opportunity with one of Bron Afon’s contractors arose so, with the support of the project, it was time for Lewis to do his Health & Safety in Construction Level 1 course. Equipped with his new qualification and interview skills and techniques, Lewis was ready for the interview with the contractor.
Lewis attended the interview and amazingly was offered a full time position with the contractor and has been working with them since May. Adam Ledner, a working Officer on the project recently caught up with Lewis to see how he was getting on and he “Loves working” and enjoys “being with the lads“. His manager has stated that Lewis is an excellent worker and always works hard, and that he is glad he gave this young man an opportunity. Well done Lewis!