Merthyr Tydfil people looking to find a new job or make progress within their current role are being given a helping hand from an exciting free employment training scheme.
Working Skills for Adults 2 (WSfA2) offers a range of community-based training in areas such as food hygiene, IT, business administration, hair and beauty, first aid and manual handling, as well as helping students brush up on subjects including maths and English.
The European Social Fund project, which is managed by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, provides flexible training which can be fit in around work commitments and includes one-to-one sessions with tutors and an employee liaison officer.
“The aim is to help people upskill in their current job or make progress if they fancy a change of career,” said County Borough Council Employability Manager Deb Ryan-Newton.
“Designed to meet the needs of both employed and self-employed people, the focus is on employability skills and improving the opportunities for workers to sustain employment and increase earnings potential,” she added.
Other support provided includes assistance in the student’s progression to further learning through further and higher education and continuous professional devel
Along with interview technique, confidence and motivation training and CV writing workshops, the courses will provide accredited qualifications such as Agored and City and Guilds. All courses are available through the Welsh language
One local resident supported by Working Skills for Adults 2 was Haley Davies, 32, from Dowlais. Haley dramatically improved her self-esteem and confidence after taking part initially with the Neighbourhood Learning Centre (Bridges to Work) programme on a retail course.
She gained qualifications in Basic First Aid, Manual Handling and Food Hygiene, marking the beginning of a rewarding and successful return to learning. Due to her training, Haley managed to get a job as a school breakfast and lunchtime supervisor.
After contacting Working Skills for Adults 2 with the long-term goal of becoming a learning support assistant, she has been working with the scheme’s Essential Skills tutor on improving her literacy and numeracy.
“Due to Haley’s commitment, she won the Learning for Health and Wellbeing award in the Merthyr Tydfil Inspire! ceremony,” said Deb Ryan-Newton. “Her confidence is improving and she has started to volunteer in a school to build her experience. Eventually, she would like to complete a learning support assistance course.”
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Councillor Chris Barry said:
“Working Skills for Adults 2 is a fantastic free opportunity for people to improve their job prospects and self-confidence, and we would urge our local residents to take advantage of it.”
Anyone who would like to find out if they are eligible for support should contact the WSfA2 team on 01685 727070, email WSFA2@merthyr.gov.uk or go to Facebook: Working Skills for Adults 2 Merthyr Tydfil.