From education to employment

Aaron secures prestigious High 5 Award

Aaron Cope was facing a life of uncertainty before receiving the support of Gower College Swansea’s Better Jobs, Better Futures programme.

Having experienced a number of challenges in his young adult life, including homelessness and losing his dream job in the army for medical reasons, Aaron has shown tremendous resilience and determination to transform his life for the better.

Since Aaron began working with Career Coaches Emma and Lisa, he has grown in confidence, made positive life choices and started on a new career path full of possibilities. Always showing total commitment to his development, Aaron has attended daily appointments with Lisa and together they have worked on improving his employability skills – developing his CV to emphasise his valuable skills and experience, improving his application writing ability and undertaking mock interviews to practice coping with high pressure interview scenarios.

“Aaron is a fantastic role model and there really are no limits to his potential,” says Lisa. “It has been a pleasure working with him and I feel privileged to be able to support him on his ongoing career journey.” 

Aaron has demonstrated a real desire for self-improvement and has been receptive to the advice and guidance he has received. He has made remarkable progress and, as a result, he has gained permanent employment at a large supermarket chain where his fantastic work ethic has already been recognised with a Gold Medal for his exceptional customer service.

Aaron aspires to becoming a store manager, owning his own home and having a secure and happy future, and his commitment to achieving these life goals is exemplary. Aaron’s success is testament to his resilience, courage and unrelenting determination, and he continues to challenge himself in order to secure a better future full of hope and possibilities.

“Without the support of Better Jobs, Better Futures I wouldn’t be where I am today,” he says. “All the team have always wanted the best for me and, for the first time ever, I am excited about the future and I can’t wait to see what I can achieve with their ongoing support.” 

“Aaron has demonstrated that, despite some incredibly difficult circumstances, with the right attitude and effective support you can overcome the biggest of barriers,” says Programme Manager Mark James. “He is undoubtedly a role model and an incredibly worthy winner of an Inspirational High 5 Award.”

If you would like to find out more about Better Jobs, Better Futures, contact 01792 284450 or drop in to the Kingsway Centre (First floor, 37-38 The Kingsway).

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