Phillip Wagstaff is celebrating his new position as a Waste Management Technician at WDH, proving that hard work and dedication pays off. He began his career at WDH through the Training for Employment Programme in November 2015 as an Environmental Assistant having had large gaps of unemployment in his past.
Having worked at The Store in his role as an Environment Assistant, Philip was quick to apply for the permanent position of Waste Management Technician when it came up.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted to have got the job; I’ve really enjoyed doing it for the last few months. The opportunities I’ve had with WDH have been brilliant and the support and encouragement I’ve received from the Training for Employment Team has been overwhelming. This has not only given me a job and security, it has changed my life!”
The Training for Employment programme offers six months’ paid employment to help unemployed adults living in a WDH property build up a good work record and get back into work. On the programme Phillip worked across WDH estates erecting fencing before moving into a waste management role at The Store in Normanton.
The programme provides participants with on-the-job training, work skills, and an employee mentor to ensure participants get the most from the experience and are in a good position to find work.
Phillip said: “My advice to anyone thinking about applying is just do it! The training courses and support offered by WDH is fantastic. It’s a great way to learn new skills while earning a wage and you have something to add to your CV at the end of it.”