Back to school for mum after 5-year search
A MUM-OF-FIVE has landed a job at a primary school after nearly five years away from the workplace.
Donna Jones from Morriston is now working as a classroom assistant at Cwmrhydyceirw Primary School thanks to the support she's had from the South West Workways project.
The project provides support to help people overcome the barriers which prevent them from finding work.
Donna had been getting nowhere in her search for work since 2008.
All she could find was one day a week as a dinner lady until she met the Workways team at a Jobcentre Plus event.
The 40-year-old then received a lot of practical help, including CV tips and interview technique training.
When Donna showed an interest in becoming a classroom assistant, Workways submitted her CV to a few schools.
After initially landing a temporary job at Cwmrhydyceirw Primary School, she's now impressed so much that her contract as a classroom assistant has been extended.
She said: "My main duties include assisting with group and one to one work and making sure the children have a healthy snack at break.
"It's absolutely fab working at the school — when I'm not there the days drag.
"It's not just a job — it's given me a social life too.
"It's nice to know there are people out there to give you a hand.
"Without Workways, I'd probably still be applying for jobs but, as a result of this opportunity, I've decided to begin studying for a qualification in childcare too."
Lindsey James, office manager at Cwmrhydyceirw Primary School, said: "Donna is brilliant. She's integrated really well with the staff and children."