When Nia Buffin was made redundant, she was uncertain of her next steps. The 22-year-old had no real idea about where to turn or what to do next. But, thanks to Careers Wales, the former retail assistant was able to take stock of her career plans and focus on what she really wanted to do.
After visiting her local Careers Wales office in Blackwood, Nia initially learnt about the ReAct scheme, which is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government’s European Social Fund. ReAct funding is awarded to people who have been made redundant to help them retrain and also pays a wage subsidy to businesses to employ people who have lost their jobs.
Nia, who lives in Blackwood, said: “I was signposted to Careers Wales first of all to get some redundancy advice and how to move forward with my career. I was introduced to Christine Williams, a Careers Wales Careers Adviser, who gave me guidance on all aspects of redundancy, funding and retraining options.”
“We also explored my career aspirations. I always wanted to become a Dental Nurse, but I had no idea how to get into this career, what qualifications I needed, or if there were any job opportunities available in my local area.”
“Christine also introduced me to the Jobs Growth Wales programme which caters for people aged 16-24. The programme helps job ready people search for vacancies with a view to securing employment.”
Nia continues: “Christine gave me ongoing guidance and I felt comfortable talking through my decisions. I was encouraged to believe that my career goal was realistic and not just a dream. I was able to access current job vacancies and the Careers Adviser spoke to dental practices on my behalf, giving them information on my suitability for employment.”
“I am now employed by The Grove Dental Practice in Ystrad Mynach as a Trainee Dental Nurse. It is part of the Jobs Growth Wales Scheme.” Insert more info on what Nia does, any training, how’s she has changed, any advice to others.
Christine Williams, Careers Adviser at Careers Wales, said: “I’m really pleased that things have worked out so well for Nia. It just shows what you can do if you are determined enough – she never gave up on pursuing her dream career despite redundancy. I’m very glad that Careers Wales was able to help her and wish her every success in her new career.