Young people leaving school, college or university across Wales this summer are being advised to check out an exciting range of job vacancies being advertised by an award-winning training provider.
Cambrian Training, one of the Wales’ leading work-based learning providers, has around 40 Jobs Growth Wales (JGW) and apprenticeship vacancies on offer on its website, with more being added daily.
Cambrian Training provides work-based apprenticeships in a range of sectors and supports businesses across Wales.
One young person who has found his ideal job through a JGW opportunity is Edward Junaidean, 19. He has progressed to become a craft cuisine foundation apprentice at the Castle Inn, Newport, Pembrokeshire.
“I have always wanted to be a chef,” he said. “I had an interview for a college course but decided that learning on the job was better suited to me, with the added bonus of being paid.
“The Jobs Growth Wales opportunity has worked out well for me because I have progressed to an apprenticeship and head chef Alison Richards is very supportive. It’s a brilliant place to work and I want to continue progressing and get qualifications.
“My advice to young people looking for a job is to keep their options open and seriously consider Jobs Growth Wales opportunities.”
Former culinary lecturer Alison, joint owner of the Castle Inn with her husband, Glyn, said: “Ed works hard, is keen to learn new things and is growing in confidence and maturity every day in his role.
“He is encouraged to come up with ideas and to try new things because that’s an important part of the learning process.
“I think Jobs Growth Wales is excellent because we found Ed through it. We now want to take on another young person on the programme who can also progress to an apprenticeship and grow with the business.”
The Welsh Government’s JGW programme, which is supported by the European Social Fund, is designed to provide young, work-ready people with a valuable opportunity to kick start their career.
The programme also aims to encourage growing businesses across Wales to create sustainable job opportunities for unemployed and job ready young people between the ages of 16-24 years. Most JGW recruits progress to an apprenticeship at the end of their six-month work placement.
New recruits are paid at least the national minimum wage for a minimum of 25 hours a week and the programme reimburses half of their wage cost for the first six months.
To raise awareness of these job opportunities, Cambrian Training lists all vacancies on its website, all social media channels and the Jobs Growth Wales section of the Careers Wales website.
Cambrian Training, which has offices in Welshpool, Llanelli, Builth Wells, Holyhead and Colwyn Bay, is developing positive links with schools across Wales to make students aware of the wide-ranging apprenticeship opportunities available to them.
The company is seeking to increase its school links this year by offering to run vocational activities and to provide careers advice, so that students and their parents are aware of all the opportunities and learning pathways available to them.