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Communities for Work+ participant secures job as an HGV driver

Image of Rob and his HGV certificate

13 October 2021

Image of Rob and his HGV certificateA Powys resident has found work after being supported by the Communities for Work+ (CfW+) project, a scheme run by the regeneration team at Powys County Council, to help people into work.

After losing his job at a local factory during the first lockdown, north Powys resident, Rob, contacted the Communities for Work+ team for some support in finding another job.

Following discussions with Matt, one of the CfW+ Employment Mentors and Alice, the CfW+ Employer Liaison Officer, Rob was able to identify the types of employment he would like to pursue, what training he may need, explore the job opportunities available in his local area and get some advice on improving his CV. Having recently become a new dad, it was important to consider Robs career aspirations of joining the ambulance service, with appropriate training needs and his ability to gain valuable work experience, whilst still supporting his young family.

With the help of the team, Rob decided that getting an HGV licence would allow him to ultimately follow a career into the emergency services and increase his employment opportunities in the meantime. As a result, Rob was enrolled onto an HGV training course, and he applied to the DVLA for his licence.

Having successfully passed his HGV driving test, Rob is now utilising his new skills by currently working with Powys County Council's waste and recycling team. "Thank you so much for all the work you put in to get me the training." says Rob. "It means so much to me and my family. We are so very grateful."

Councillor Iain McIntosh, Powys County Council's Portfolio Holder for Housing, Planning and Economic Regeneration, said: "It is fantastic to hear about how Rob has been able to benefit from the support of the CfW+ project.

"Run by the council's regeneration team, the CfW+ project specifically helps Powys residents aged 16 or over, who are either unemployed or in low paid work, improve their chances of gaining employment in Powys. The experienced team can offer specialist one to one support alongside bespoke training opportunities, to help develop essential practical skills and improve your chances of finding employment.

"Rob is one of many individuals who have already benefited from the project, and I wish him, and all the others, every success in the future".

If you would like to find out more about the project, visit: www.powys.gov.uk/cfw or email: jobsupport@powys.gov.uk

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