Posted: Mon 3rd Feb 2020

Meet the Flintshire employment mentors helping young people to find jobs

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Feb 3rd, 2020

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Two mentors who are helping youngsters get their foot on the employment ladder in Flintshire have urged more to take advantage of their services.

Dan Wade and Coran Halfpenny-Williams, who are part of Communities for Work, provide free one-to-one assistance for people aged 16 to 24.

Their aim is help them identify and take practical steps to overcome barriers preventing them from finding a job.

The pair, who work for Flintshire County Council, can offer advice on writing CVs, interview skills and qualifications.

They also give information on work placements and volunteering, as well as providing links to local employers.

Dan, who is 38 and from Bangor in Gwynedd, has been supporting youngsters for the past 15 years and said he appreciated the challenges they often face.

“I’ve worked as mentor in Flintshire since July 2017 – a job I really love as it’s all about helping people and each day is different from the last,” he said.

“If I had to describe my role, I would say I’m like a big brother type.  I’m approachable and always out and about meeting new people and creating great working links with employers, training providers and fellow support agencies.

“I will be a second person to have your back and look out for your best interests in your journey looking for employment, training or education.

“Everyone is different – one person may need help with putting a CV together and sourcing suitable vacancies and these guys tend to move on very quickly into sustainable employment.

“Others may need more intensive support such as advice and guidance on identifying a career path that they may suit and enjoy.”You can contact Dan by calling or texting 07880 082558.

He can also be found at the Daniel Owen Centre in Mold every Tuesday between 11am and 12 noon.

Coran is 27 and he joined the Communities for Work team in October 2019.

He said: “I have worked with a variety of people all from different backgrounds and all with different circumstances and gained skills which I am bringing to my current role.

“Together, we can look at possible training opportunities; interview skills and preparation; job searching; and create a new CV or edit your existing CV.”

You can text or call Coran on 07342 700851 to arrange an appointment.

He also offers drop-in a sessions at Deeside Leisure Centre café every Tuesday between 1pm and 2pm.

Similar support is available for over 25s by contacting 01352 704430.

By Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter (more here).

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