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Steven is one of 540 in work thanks to service

Almost 540 people have been helped into work or to find a better job since Swansea Council's employability service was re-launched 18 months ago.

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Swansea Working and its partners have also helped more than 1,100 receive training and supported more than 2,450 people.

It was set-up as the main point of contact in the city for people of all ages looking for work, whether they be first-time jobseekers or those looking for a new career pathway or a step up.

The team offers a wide range of advice and support and services include personalised employment action plans, training to meet an individual's needs, CV development, help with interview skills and support with job applications, work experience, placements, apprenticeships and job opportunities and in-work support.

Steven Williams is one of those back in work thanks to the service.

Not only has his involvement with Swansea Working helped him to develop new skills and boost his confidence, it has also seen a dramatic change in his health and wellbeing.

Due to a series of set-backs Steven had been unemployed for more than six years before he was referred to the Communities at Work programme.

Initially officers worked with him to help him rebuild his confidence and this in turn reinforced his determination to get back into work.

He successfully completed a folk-lift training course and he was also helped to access funds for clothing and transport so he could attend work experience placements.

His employability mentor helped Steven prepare for employment with a mock job interview and further advice and guidance.

All the hard work paid-off and he now has a job as a production operative with the hours and shift patterns that enables him to still care for his mother.

Steven said: "I really do appreciate the support, advice and guidance I have received every step of the way.

"It has been life-changing for me and I would absolutely recommend Swansea Working."

To find out how Swansea Working can help you email swanseaworking@swansea.gov.uk or phone 01792 578632.

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