Matthew Jones, from Swansea, wanted some stability in his job.
After spending three years working for Swansea Council on a zero hours contract, Matthew decided he wanted to gain some qualifications to secure a stable, full-time job.
The local authority wanted to change attitudes towards the waste sector, so it joined forces with GCS Training at Gower College Swansea last year, to deliver a traineeship that would provide waste management staff with a qualification.
The 37-year-old qualified with an NVQ Level 2 Waste Management diploma and is now employed full-time by the council. He said: “Having a qualification behind me makes me feel more respected - and the industry needs that. We’re on the front line every day.”
As part of the traineeship, all learners, who work in several roles across the waste process, must achieve the Level 2 WAMITAB Diploma in Sustainable Resource Activities.
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Matthew will soon be enrolling onto the Level 3 WAMITAB qualification, which will provide him with an A level equivalent and allow him to apply for management positions.
“Since we’ve gained the qualification, everyone is much happier,” he said. “I’m part of a team, now. The working environment is better. Adult learning has given me so much more confidence in my work. It’s made my job easier.”
And despite the challenges, Matthew says it’s the best job he’s ever had, adding “I love it - I’d recommend it to anyone. It’s perfect if you love the gym or playing football, as it’s a massive workout. I do 22,000 steps a day."
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