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Unemployed Swansea man finds work after two years searching

A Swansea man who had been unemployed for more than two years has been given a chance to ‘carve’ out a career at a restaurant in the city with support from TBG Learning Swansea.

Richard Pugh had previously worked in a variety of jobs, including temping in a supermarket and an ice-cream parlour and was actively trying to get back into work but could not find an employer who would give him an opportunity.

The 21-year-old was then referred to TBG Learning Swansea and went on to impress during a work placement at Killay Toby Carvery and landed a job in the kitchen team at the restaurant on Gower Road.

Richard, who lives in Killay, follows in the footsteps of colleagues Jason Jewell (33) and Paul Elvins (33) who also joined the restaurant following successful work placements arranged by TBG Learning.

Colin Pearce, assistant manager at Killay Toby Carvery, which employs around 35 people, said the trio have become important members of the team.

“TBG Learning has provided us with three excellent people,” he said.

“Richard, Paul and Jason all joined with us as Work Programme participants and really impressed, and are important members of the team.

“Jason has recently progressed to become a trainee team leader and Paul and Richard have also done extremely well and we’re pleased to have them with us.”

Jason Hamill, employment advisor at TBG Learning Swansea, which is based in Princess House on Princess Way, added: “The work placements provided Richard, Paul and Jason with ideal opportunities to rebuild their confidence and motivation and we’re delighted they have all become an integral part of the Mitchells & Butlers team at Toby Carvery Killay.”

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