On Friday 28 June, Workways+ celebrated UK’s first Employability Day by holding a drop-in event in Tregaron. Workways+ were on hand to explain how they can help with job, training and employability opportunities to anyone aged 25 and over and looking for work.

Ceredigion Workways+ offers training, qualifications, volunteering placements, paid work experience opportunities and a personal mentoring service to help people get their lives back on track.

Recently Workways+ mentor, Wendy Fitzpatrick supported Paul Crawshaw, 57 back into employment. Paul is now employed by Ceredigion County Council as a Ground’s Operative.

Paul explained how Workways+ helped him, “I had not been able to work for several months due to health issues and had really lost my confidence. Workways+ helped me to find volunteering opportunities which helped me regain my confidence. With the right support, they found me a job with the council.”

Support is available to people affected by work-limiting health conditions or disabilities; Carers; those with low or no qualifications; people with childcare responsibilities; the over 54’s; people in a single adult or jobless household or anyone from a Black Minority Ethnic group.

Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council said, “It’s fantastic to hear how Workways+ has supported individuals like Paul back into work. Don’t worry if you missed the drop-in session this time, as Workways+ is on hand all through the year. They could offer you one-to-one mentoring support with job seeking, interview skills and confidence building. Contact Workways+ to see how they could help you.”

The Ceredigion Workways+ team can also help with writing the perfect job application, can pay for qualifications and training, and for some participants, secure a paid temporary job with a local employer.

Workways+ is an employability project, part funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government, and Ceredigion County Council.

To find out more about Workways+ visit website www.workways.wales or get in touch with one of the Ceredigion team on 01545 574193 or email workways@ceredigion.gov.uk.