Sian and Henrietta work with young people on the SYMF project to develop their skills and find them paid work placements. Here they tell us about working with Carl who gained work based skills and a work placement at the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway. Carl loved his placement and has been kept on as a paid member of staff there!
Sian, Tutor at GISDA...
"Carl was the very first referral I received back in October 2013. Working with Carl as his tutor to begin with and then as mentor throughout his six month work placement has been an absolute pleasure. At our initial meeting Carl identified area's he would like
support in to enable him to gain the confidence to apply for work in the future. With this goal in mind Carl and I started to work together to address his support needs.
During his time at GISDA Carl received pre-employability training and worked on many areas, for example how to fill in application forms, CV building and interview skills which enabled him to gain an Agored Cymru Award in Preparation For Work.
Carl also participated in sessions to improve his basic skills and attended a three day Fast Track to Skills course where he gained a Level 1 certificate in Introduction to Mechanics.
When he had learned the skills he needed to go into a work placement I to introduce Carl to the Employment Liaison Officer, Henrietta, from Construction Youth Trust".
Henrietta, Employment Liaison Officer, Construction Youth Trust...
"When Carl was referred to me to find a work placement he had ambitions of pursuing a career in welding and wanted to work for a local railway charity, Ffestiniog Railway. The placement was agreed but Carl was faced with some personal difficulties and found it hard to attend work, so took a short break.
With support from his family Carl was able to overcome these difficulties and re-start his placement to pursue his ambition of working at
the railway. Staff at the Ffestinog Railway were very understanding and with their support Carl has never looked back.
Carl has gained experience and improved his welding skills, as well as other skills including grinding, carpentry and team working, as well as an excellent awareness of health and safety. All of these skills have not only added some much needed experience to Carl's CV they have also benefited Carl academically, as Carl flew through his OCN in Work Experience which he was able to access and pass via the SYMF project.
Carl has enjoyed being part of a team, so much so that he volunteered his time 2 days a week and has been supporting the Ffestinog Railway charity 5 days a week for the last 3 months. Carl's dedication and commitment has paid off, as the railway has agreed to offer him a paid position as a welder after his SYMF placement has finished.
Carl's SYMF journey has been a bumpy one over the last 12 months, but Carl is testament that a lot can change in a year. Carl has taught me that you should never give up, aim high and don't take your eye off the goal.
A massive congratulations to Carl – from us both!