Posted on: Friday 21 December 2018
34-year-old Dafydd Howells from Blaenavon, 21-year old Lucas Vaughan and 29-year-old Sammy Edwards from Cwmbran are the latest candidates to successfully find full time employment through the Bridges into Work 2 work placement scheme.
Just Rollers, the UK’s leading manufacturer of rubber and polyurethane covered rollers and Toolbank, a wholesale supplier of hand and power tools for the retail and business market are the latest companies to work in partnership with Torfaen's Employability & Skills Team’s to offer work placements. .
Based in Llantarnam Park, Toolbank offered work trials to both Lucas and Dafydd, not only providing these individuals with new skills, but boosting their confidence and subsequently offering them both full time, permanent roles with the company following their placements.
The firm has also supported an additional three unemployed individuals over the past year within their buying office, enabling them to re-train in a totally different field from their original careers.
Just Rollers have hosted a number of work placements within the company’s offices and in their laboratory. Most recently, they have been able to accommodate Sammy Edwards on a work placement, working across their administration, customer service and finance departments, in order to gain a full insight into all aspects of the business. Sammy also attended IT training through the ESF funded ‘Bridges into Work 2’ project. Sammy has subsequently been taken on as a permanent employee.
Torfaen Employer Liaison Officer Paul Roberts said, "Both companies are superb examples of effective joint working between businesses and the Council’s Skills and Employability Team upskilling and supporting Torfaen residents into sustainable local employment.
It also helps companies fill vacancies with suitably skilled workers from within the local area. We are always looking to extend and to develop this scheme and would urge any business with an interest in participating, to make contact with us."
Since the launch of project, around 200 unemployed people in Torfaen have benefited from work placements with local businesses and organisations.
Torfaen Executive Member for Business, Tourism, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Alan Jones said, "This is a sound example of how work placements can not only help people back into work, but also assist local businesses with their recruitment needs. Well done to all involved and i look forward to supporting this initiative going into 2019."