A LLANELLI man has fulfilled a lifelong ambition to work as a carer.
David Cooper, 49, had always aspired to work in the care sector, but instead opted for a job in warehousing, which was seen as a more traditional career path for a man in the 1980s.
But when he was made redundant in 2011 he decided he was finally ready to pursue a career in caring and was referred to the employment programme Workways.
After being given help with his CV and interview skills, Mr Cooper was delighted to be offered a job as a support worker with GRS Care in Gorslas, where he assists adults with learning difficulties.
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"It's the people who make the job so rewarding," he said.
"Now I'm doing something that I enjoy and there are other people benefiting too.
"I'm still learning as well, which is great. I've got courses coming out of my ears."
Workways regional project manager Marjorie Bartlett added: "One of the factors that makes Workways a success is the one-to-one support we offer.
"This means that we are able to get to know our participants so we can help them to find jobs they are best suited to."
South West Workways is led by Neath Port Talbot Council in collaboration with Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Swansea councils.