The search is on for 10 new recruits to take part in a “life changing” six month paid traineeship in Wrexham.
Local telephone answering service Moneypenny are looking for new recruits to join their ‘Moneypenny Foundation’ – which aims to give unemployed young women new opportunities in life and work.
This year’s programme begins on Monday 2nd May.
The ‘Moneypenny Foundation’, which is now in its third year, combines meaningful employment placements with life coaching, mentoring, and the chance to gain a whole host of new skills.
Diane Aplin, director of the Moneypenny Foundation, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to once again be offering this incredible opportunity to 10 young women in the Wrexham area. The past two traineeships have been overwhelmingly successful and were a life changing experience for each of the graduates involved. We would encourage anyone who is interested to send in their CV or get in touch and find out more.”
At the end of last year’s course, the Moneypenny Foundation saw eight trainees graduate and begin their journey to a new life. Six have already secured full-time jobs and are now living independently. Previous to taking part in the traineeship all of the graduates had been claiming benefits.
Rachel Clacher, co-owner of Moneypenny and founding partner of the Moneypenny Foundation, whose vision it was to create the programme, said: “We are extremely proud of everything that the trainees have achieved. It’s challenging at times, but there’s also a lot of laughter and fun along the way. Last year we took part in a range of fantastic activities including white water rafting, canoeing and high ropes courses, as well as learning how to cook and visiting places like Chester Zoo and Liverpool.”
The six month course runs from May to October and is delivered with the help of a number of community organisations and local employers.
Rachel added: “Crucially, the Foundation enables these remarkable young women to recognise their true potential, increase their self-confidence and make some fantastic friends for life.”
Lauren Case was one of the graduates last year, who joined the Foundation after her social worker suggested she applied after she had lost her job.
Speaking about her experience, Lauren said: : “I had been working for three years but my contract came to an end and wasn’t renewed. I got a job inputting data, but that was just for six months so I was back on the dole. I lived in a flat on my own and I was nervous as I didn’t like meeting new people.
“My social worker suggested I try for the Foundation. I’m dyslexic and I find some things difficult, but experiencing so many different things through the Foundation and trying different jobs has really helped me to find out what I want to do in the future.
“Taking part in the Foundation was a real turning point for me. It has given me a whole different mindset in terms of how to turn negative feelings around. My life felt like a rollercoaster before, but now I feel I can believe in myself. I’ve gone from `I can’t and `I won’t’ to `I can’ and `I will’.”
The closing date for applicants to submit their CVs is March 24. Applications can be made via Jobcentre Plus or by sending a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend Discovery Days at Moneypenny on April 6 and 7 to find out more.
All candidates need to live in the Wrexham area, be unemployed and aged 18-25 to be eligible to apply.
For more information on the Moneypenny Foundation visit www.moneypenny.co.uk/moneypenny-foundation.
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