Jordan Rees Brown first came to Mon CF in September 2016 after graduating from Durham University with a BA Degree in Criminology.
Rees came to us looking for employment support and to participate in training courses. During his time with Mon CF, Rees worked with the Lift Programme initially before moving on to the Active Inclusion project. Rees successfully completed 4 fundamental courses at the Mon CF Training Academy, Level 2 course in Emergency First Aid in the Workplace, Level 2 Health and Safety at Work, Level 1 Fire Safety and a Level 1 Principles of Manual Handling.
During our meetings, Rees wasn’t sure what kind of career he was interested in and wasn’t sure what opportunities were available to him. Rees was interested in volunteering and during one of our meetings we started to discuss outdoor sports and began to think of different businesses where he could go to partake in work experience. As Rees grew up on Anglesey he told of how he had always had an interest in outdoor activities since he was young.
During his time in Coleg Menai Rees studied a Sport and Public Service course. His time there was split between planning and taking part in a range of outdoor activities, mainly in the surrounding areas of Llanberis, and studying the public services. These activities consisted of kayaking on the lakes of Llanberis as well as along the Menai Strait from Bangor to Felinheli; overnight canoeing and camping expeditions through the canals of Chester; orienteering and coasteering as well as team building, leadership and problem solving exercises on the high ropes in Betws y Coed.
Suddenly, we had a career path we could work towards.
Môn CF won an ILM Award for Active Inclusion clients who are aged 18-24 year olds and 25 years old and over and as luck would have it, an opportunity arose with Anglesey Outdoors. Rees went for an interview for the role of Assistant Instructor and loved the place straight away. Rees was ready to start but needed a Rescue 3 Qualification course, and this was funded through Mon CF. #
Rees started his role with Anglesey Outdoors on 16 March 2017. He recently said that the job is going really well and he is thoroughly enjoying it. The course was great as he got to practice different rescue techniques whilst on the river.
Here is a photograph of Rees (on the left) with his colleague at Anglesey Outdoors.