Scarlets saved me from unemployment
A BURRY Port 21-year-old has praised the Scarlets for saving her from spiralling into chronic unemployment.
Carly Jane Dunleavy works at the Red Room – a new Scarlets restaurant in Eastgate, Llanelli.
Through her enthusiasm and drive to work she wishes to encourage other young people to get out and secure employment.
Miss Dunleavy said: "I genuinely believe it is very hard, because other people put you down.
"It is about what you want out of life – keep your confidence up, keep your spirits high, and keep smiling."
Miss Dunleavy had spent two years on Job Seekers Allowance before on March 5 of this year she was able to secure a placement with the Scarlets.
After working in hospitality for six weeks at Parc y Scarlets, she had been doing so well, that she was offered another six week extension.
However, when the placement ended she found herself back in the rut of unemployment.
She said: "When that finished, I was really gutted, down, and stuck in the house again."
But then her luck changed as the Scarlets asked her to come back and work Monday to Friday at the Heart and Soul Cafe in the stadium, where they gave her a lot of responsibility.
"They were really understanding that being 21 and not having a job for ages really takes it out of you," Miss Dunleavy said.
Shortly after she applied for a job at the Red Room and sailed through the interview.
She said: " I love what the Scarlets do to the work place. You are your own person, they don't treat you as a number on your shirt."
After everything that the Scarlets have given her, Miss Dunleavy said that she wants to give as much back to them as possible.
"When you are unemployed people think that you are just going to sit there and claim money," she said. "But I want to work, I don't want to sit in the house.
"It has changed my life a lot and I am getting a lot more skills.
"It is so nice to be out and working, I have made loads of good friends here – my supervisor is like my best friend, it is such a community-based place."