A CEREDIGION single mum has taken advantage of a Welsh Government scheme to help her get back into work.

Eleanor Yates was looking for 30 hours work that would fit around her lifestyle of caring for her two children as a single mum.

She reached out on social media for help and was referred to Communities for Work+ (CFW+) with help from Ceredigion County Council.

She then met with Rachel Tuck, a mentor at CFW+ and they discussed various options and interests. It was here that Eleanor revealed she had a passion for languages and had studied Russian for a degree. CFW+ funded a Teach English as a Foreign Language course which would allow Eleanor to teach either from home and be self-employed or work for a business or organisation.

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The pair then applied for various roles including the education sector and she was given a job at Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi as a level 1 teaching assistant.

She has now started the role, returning to work after a seven-year absence. Eleanor said: “Having been out of work for seven years, the thought of returning to work was very daunting, especially due to a lack of available registered childminders locally.

“Rachel helped me find positions that would work best for me, particularly those within term time. She coached me through the online application process, regularly updated me as new positions became available, and gently encourage me when my self-confidence was lacking.

“Without CFW+ support and funding, I would not have been able to do the course or find full time employment.

“I’m really looking forward to a new challenge and I’m hoping eventually I can also teach English as a foreign language during half terms to boost my income.”

Cllr Wyn Thomas, Ceredigion County Council’s cabinet member for lifelong learning and skills, said: “Eleanor shows us how the right support and funding from the CFW+ scheme can impact positively on people’s lives. Well done Eleanor. I’m thrilled that you have been able to find employment that fits around your family’s life. Best of luck to you for the future.” 

Anyone who would benefit from Welsh Government’s CFW+ scheme should get in touch by calling 01970 633422 or emailing TCC-EST@ceredigion.gov.uk.