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Employment project helps Sabrina land dream job

Life has literally become a piece of cake for Sabrina Baker.

Sabrina Baker

Thanks to a scheme called Workways+, Sabrina, who was out of the workplace for many years, is now living her dream by running her own cake business.

Offering training and paid work experience opportunities to long-term unemployed people to help with their route back into employment, the Workways+ scheme benefits residents in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigionshire.

Sabrina, age 38, was first referred to Workways+ by staff in Fforestfach Library, close to where she lives.

Having given up work to look after her two children several years ago, Sabrina met with a Workways+ mentor to discuss available options based on her previous work experience.

When asked what her dream job would be, Workways+ enrolled the former Dilwyn Llewelyn Comprehensive School pupil on a food hygiene course and helped her set up a social media presence. This led to Sabrina setting up her own cake business, which is called Bees Creative.

Sabrina said: "I never thought I would have my own business - it had always been my dream but I didn't think it was possible.  

"Workways+ made me realise it was possible, and put me on the courses that I needed to get the relevant certificates to start with. My mentor was so patient and couldn't do enough for me, so thanks to Workways+ I now do my dream job every day and get paid for it. I can fit it around the children and I couldn't be happier."

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning, said: "Sabrina is the latest in a long line of people to have benefitted from the Workways+ project. 

"It's extremely satisfying to hear how the project has transformed Sabrina's life by setting her on the path to her dream job. Expert advice and support continues to be on hand for people inspired by Sabrina's story who'd like to break down barriers they may be facing in their quest to get back into the workplace."

Workways+ is backed by £7.5m of EU funds through the Welsh Government. The project is led by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council in collaboration with Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion Councils.


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