Gavin Mobbs first attended the project through our iTec training course. He had previously attended courses with other training providers that unfortunately didn’t work out for him. Whilst at the Wrexham Warehouse Project, Gavin worked hard to achieve Level one, passing his CSCS site safety card and progressing on to work for NEET Jobs Company. Gavin was an excellent member of the team and a local building firm Universal Builders were happy to offer him a full-time position. Although Gavin stated he had enjoyed the experience he gained in construction, his goal was to return to college and gain qualifications in Mechanics. Through Careers Wales a paid vacancy at a local tyre fitter in Wrexham became available. Staff at the Wrexham Warehouse Project worked with Gavin to amend his CV and create a covering letter and submit an application immediately. Gavin was invited for an interview the next day and offered a position to start immediately.
We wish Gavin all the best for the future.
Update: Gavin has now been in his current position for a few months and is very happy. His employers have stated they are happy to put him through his Mechanics Qualifications.
Ryan Davies first attended the Wrexham Warehouse Project in November 2013, through our Itec Training course. But was unable to complete the course due to his is unacceptable behaviour and attitude towards staff. He left the project and continued to get in trouble with the police, until in his own words he realised the negative effect it was having on his own life and the lives of his family members. But also the opportunities he was missing out on. Ryan got into a settled relationship and realised he wanted things to change. Through Youth Offenders Ryan was placed on to a project called Moving Forward ran by Symf Wales, and with their support he approached the Warehouse to ask if he could have a second chance.
It was agreed between the Warehouse staff, the Moving Forward project and Ryan that he could return for a six month placement, which would be reviewed regularly.
Ryan returned to the Warehouse Project with a completely different attitude, he fitted into the team, worked hard, treated everyone with respect, listened and put everything into learning new skills, and five months into his placement Ryan passed his Site Safety Health and Safety course and CSCS test securing his labourers card meaning he could now work on major building sites.
Because of Ryan’s hard work and determination to succeed second time around, staff at the Warehouse Project were able to recommend him for a job opportunity that arose at the North Wales Prison building site and after meeting Ryan they decided he would be perfect for the role. Ryan now works at the prison 40+ hours per week, learning new skills and progressing very day.
Everyone at the Warehouse wishes Ryan all the best for the future.
As a young child in primary school I had trouble fitting in. I found it difficult to accept authority and had problems with anger management. I also had difficulties in my family relationships.
When I got to high school things got worse. I got into the wrong company, missed a lot of schooling due to be excluded and eventually got into taking and dealing in drugs. Inevitably I ended up homeless and in and out of prison for drugs offences.
It was while in prison awaiting release that the Drug intervention Programme referred me to the Wrexham Warehouse Project and George Powell I began as a volunteer, I had a spell at college which wasn’t for me and eventually I was offered a traineeship learning construction skills at the Wrexham warehouse Project. I really enjoyed the practical work such as plastering and bricklaying etc. They also provided me with a safe and stable place to live and given help with life skills, such as how to budget and manage my finances. I now actually pass on some of the skills I have learnt to younger people at the Warehouse Project.
I am happier now than I’ve been in a long time and feel I’ve now got a future to look forward to. I’m really grateful for the opportunities given to me by the Warehouse Project and George, to turn my life around and re build relationships with my family.
Nathan joined the Cre8 courses at the Wrexham Warehouse Project in March 2014, and progressed on to with the NEET Jobs Company. Previously Nathan was out of work for three years and struggled to get a job due to lack of experience. But while at the Warehouse, Nathan had the opportunity to learn new skills, build up his confidence, sit his CSCS site safety exam and gain the much needed experience.
Nathan worked very hard over eight months and we are pleased to announce he managed to secure a job working in the construction industry. We wish Nathan all the luck with his new job and all the best for the future.