Why did you come to Môn CF?
A member of Môn CF’s Training Team came into my health visitor group to teach us First Aid for babies and children. At the end of the session I got talking to the Trainer, Tracy, and one of the Mentors from Môn CF’s Employment Support Team, Jay. I explained to them that I’d left my previous job when I had my son. I felt ready to return to work on a new career path now, but with no recent training or experience it felt impossible. I made an appointment to see Jay, and soon felt more hopeful about achieving my goals.
Did you do any training?
Yes, I attended courses on Health & Safety, Manual Handling and Fire Safety, which all resulted in nationally recognised qualifications. I also enrolled onto Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s ‘Step into Work’ programme and completed all of the mandatory training (classroom-based and online) for new staff, the idea being that if I applied for a job within the NHS I would already have the basic training needed to get stuck in straightaway.
Did you do any volunteering or work experience?
Having completed the mandatory training, I was due to start a six-week work placement through the ‘Step into Work’ programme. However, in the meantime I had applied for a post in the NHS and, even though I was only in the early stages of the programme, I got the job!
What are you doing now?
I am now an Occupational Therapy Assistant within Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
What do you think is the best thing about Môn CF?
Môn CF helped to build my confidence back up and supported me through the whole experience of returning to work. Finding the ‘Step into Work’ programme changed my career path and opened up an exciting new future. Although I didn’t get the chance to complete it, it made me more employable in a short space of time. Thank you so much Jay and all at Môn CF!