‘Redundancy got me out of a job rut’

Lewis Pike, 27, of Llangyfelach, Swansea, had worked at the Insolvency Service in Swansea for six years in an administrative role when redundancies were announced in January 2014.

He admits he found his job “unchallenging” and had been toying with the idea of a career change just months before the job losses were revealed to staff. 

“I’d been thinking about becoming a mortgage broker after buying a house in summer 2013 and being really interested in the process. 

“I even had a chat with a family friend who was a mortgage broker about what I would need to do to get into that field. I researched courses and funding online and eventually went into the Careers Wales office in Swansea to find out more." 

Lewis was told about ReAct funding which is supported by the Welsh Government and European Social Fund and covers the cost of training courses for workers who have been made redundant. 

He adds: “But this was before redundancies were announced at work, so I didn’t think much of it. 

“Instead, my plan was to stay in full-time work at the Insolvency Service, study to be a mortgage broker in my spare time, take my exams and then find a new job.” 

But when redundancies were announced in January 2014 Lewis got back in touch with Careers Wales and secured funding to cover the cost of his course to retrain as a mortgage broker – which meant he was able to start on his new career path much sooner than expected.    

Lewis says: “I passed my last exam on 3 August 2014, got married a few days later, officially ended work at the Insolvency Service on 14 August and started work at my new employer – independent mortgage brokerage First Financial Solutions in Neath – just one week later.

“It could not have worked out better. The careers advice and support I received was invaluable.  

“I recommend that anybody who needs careers help or advice uses Skills Gateway for Adults to find out what’s on offer.”

Lewis is just one of thousands of people who have been helped by programmes available through the Skills Gateway for Adults service since its launch in January 2015.

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