Dave ParkinWhy did you come to Môn CF?

I’d been unemployed for around six months. I wanted to get back into the construction industry, but I didn’t have up-to-date qualifications or experience. I’d heard Môn CF could help with things like that so I popped into their office in town and signed up for employment support.

Did you do any training?

Loads! I did Manual Handling, Fire Safety, First Aid and Health & Safety. Because I wanted to work in construction I was booked onto the Site Safety Plus course and got help to revise for the Health, Safety and Environment test. I passed and got my CSCS card so I could work onsite. I also did my door supervisor training so I could apply for an SIA licence if I needed to. I took part in the Journey to Work project. Môn CF helped me to get my provisional driving licence and pass the theory test. I have driving lessons now, and my practical test is booked for the end of July.

Did you do any volunteering or work experience?

Yes, I volunteered with Môn CF’s Environmental Team. I did planting, grass-cutting and basic construction tasks, for example, building fences. I got on well with everyone and really enjoyed being part of a team. They put me through the Lantra tickets for trimmers, pedestrian mowers and ride-on mowers.

What are you doing now?

My Employment Support Mentor at Môn CF told me about a job going with North Wales Housing. We both thought I’d gained the right qualifications and experience for the role, so she helped me to apply for it. I was successful, and recently started work as a full-time Grounds Maintenance Operative. I’m looking forward to passing my driving test because then I will be able to use a company van.

What do you think is the best thing about Môn CF?

The sense of community and professionalism of staff and volunteers.