Lisa Williams from Fleetwood has gone from being unemployed doing DIY projects on friends’ houses to working full time as a Maintenance Operative for Farmer Parrs
In 2021 Lisa was unemployed and like many people had been applying for job vacancies week after week but was hearing nothing back. It was on an Advice & Guidance event with the Job Centre in Fleetwood that Lisa was introduced to WaMT collaborator Roberta Austin at Construction Training Services (CTS) – this was the breakthrough moment Lisa had been waiting for!
Through conversations with Roberta, Lisa chatted about the DIY bits and bobs she’d been doing to keep herself busy and how much she enjoyed it, never imagining for one minute that the chat would result in a pathway back into education and employment doing something that she is genuinely passionate about.
Roberta, working with Lisa’s work coach, the local college and of course WaMT, secured her a place on an appropriate course to get Lisa practical experience in a learning environment in which she completed entry level qualifications and attained her CSCS card. This was all funded by WaMT through CITB’s OnSite Experience programme (of which WaMT’s parent Company Procure Plus is a training “hub”).
Lisa secured a full-time position with a contracting company almost immediately, but due to Covid’s impact to business operation, Lisa was made redundant as the whole team was scaled back. Not to be deterred, Roberta – who had stayed engaged with Lisa throughout this period – got to work in securing interviews whilst working closely with Lisa to keep her confidence levels up and sure enough, Lisa very quickly secured an even better job opportunity with an employer closer to home, who saw the potential Lisa had to offer.
Lisa is now enjoying full-time employment with Farmer Parrs, helping maintain their 40+ property portfolio. Lisa is specialising in plastering and tiling and will soon be embarking on a Level 3 Apprenticeship to be fully qualified.