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Aberdare man re-sparks his career

An Aberdare man, who struggled to find work for eight years, has re-sparked his career after landing a job at an electrical appliance company.

Lian Kerry, who lives in Cwmbach in Aberdare, has landed a job as a field technician at A1 Electrical Appliances, which has stores in Aberdare and Treorchy, after receiving employment support from TBG Learning.

The 34-year old initially secured a short-term placement as a driver’s assistant, before going on to land a permanent role at the family run firm, which was set-up in 2009 and specialises in selling and repairing a variety of audio visual products as well as appliances for the kitchen.

Lian last worked as a mechanic in the manufacturing industry in 2005 and was referred to the TBG Learning Aberdare centre on Canon Street, where he received expert employment support, including tips on how to improve his CV, support with interview techniques and assistance with job hunting.

TBG Learning is delivering the Government’s Work Programme on behalf of JobFit, which helps the long-term unemployed back into work through a tailored package of support and assistance.

Lian said: “It is a fantastic feeling to be back in work after struggling to find a job for so long.

“My initial placement as a driving assistant with A1 Electrical was a great experience as it allowed me to ease back into a working environment instead of being chucked straight back in at the deep end.

“I recently secured a promotion to field technician, which is fantastic news for me as I am able to put the skills that I learnt as a mechanic into action when helping to install and repair electrical products.

“I am extremely grateful for the support I gained from TBG Learning as without that I would probably still be at home struggling to find a job.

“My advisor Sonia Marshall helped to restore my confidence as well as providing support on how to improve my job skills and encouraging me to pass my driving theory test.

“I’m now hoping to get my full driving licence so I can also work as a driver for A1 Electrical.”

Sonia Marshall, from TBG Learning, said she was delighted to see Lian settle in well at a growing local business.

“Lian had a strong work ethic when he was referred to us but his confidence had been knocked after a number of failed job applications,” she said.

“We are thrilled that Lian has been able to obtain permanent employment with A1 Electrical and we stay in touch with him regularly to see how he is getting on.

“We continue to provide support for those struggling to find employment across region and establish new partnerships with businesses in the area.”

Dave Turner, owner of A1 Electrical, added: “Lian has become a great asset to the team. He came into the job ready to work and after completing his placement we were happy to offer him the initial part-time position as a driving assistant, before he was able to progress into the role of field technician.

“We often approach TBG Learning to help us find suitable candidates for both placement and part-time positions. It is a great way for us to get to know possible candidates and they helped to match the requirements we were looking for.”

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