‘Social-media job search kickstarted my carpentry career’

A job-seeking teenager from the Neath Valley has credited a Jobs Growth Wales Facebook advert for kickstarting his career.

Josh Horton, 18, from Glynneath, Neath, had been out of work for a month after leaving college when he landed a full-time trainee carpenter role with local firm Bramwood Timber, a garden-buildings manufacturer.

Josh finished his six-month opportunity in June and impressed so much he’s now been offered a permanent role.

He says: “I found out about this job through social media."

“I found out about this job through social media."

“I’d say get on
it.  Jobs Growth
Wales has helped
me out."

“I was looking for a hands-on role. I’d been at college studying mechanics but I’d left as it wasn’t for me.

"I’d been unemployed for around a month and was looking for work when I saw the Bramwood Timber job advertised on Facebook and I went for it. From day one I got stuck in and I’m really enjoying it.”

Josh’s advice to young people finishing education and looking to get into work this summer?

“I’d say get on it. Jobs Growth Wales has helped me out. I’m about to move into my own flat and my job has helped me do that, to be a bit more independent.”

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Bramwood Timber is a family run business that was founded thirty years ago and has five employees with plans to recruit one more in the next couple of months due to the growth of the business.

Huw Watkins, manager, says:

“My father-in-law started the business. He passed away eight years ago. My son was an electrician on the ground at Aberpergwm Colliery in Glynneath before they closed the pit a few years ago. That’s when my son decided to take his grandad’s business over.

"The business became so popular my son needed someone to manage the workshop and he asked me to come

"We manufacture our sheds and summer houses here at the workshop. I call it our ‘woodland workshop’ as it’s a building up in the sticks, in the woods. The building used to house the pit ponies for the mine.

"We’d been getting busier and busier, so it was my idea to recruit through Jobs Growth Wales after one of my colleagues in the male voice choir I’m in, who also runs a business, recommended it.

"We took on our first Jobs Growth Wales recruit four-and-a-half years ago and Josh is our third. We’ve been able to offer them all full-time roles at the end of the six months, which is great.

"Jobs Growth Wales works for us financially, as it covers 50% of the employee’s wages. We’ve also been able to hire locally. Aaron and Josh, our last two recruits, live within walking distance of the workshop. They don’t drive so it would have been hard for them to seek work elsewhere, but we’ve been able to provide employment opportunities for them."

Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan, said:

“Jobs Growth Wales provides the perfect opportunity for work-ready 16-24-year-olds to kick start their careers while benefiting from gaining valuable experience in a paid job. The programme not only gives young people the chance to learn and develop vital employability skills but also gives them that all-important first step on the career ladder. The Welsh Government is committed to ensuring our skills and employability programmes support young people like Josie in their efforts to find fulfilling work, while also giving companies across Wales the opportunity to survive, thrive and expand.”

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