Celebrating success at Vision Products with Cllr Middle
A group of disabled young people, on a pioneering apprenticeship scheme in Rhondda Cynon Taf, have taken a major step towards finding fulfilling employment.
They have successfully completed a range of training through the apprenticeship scheme at Vision Products, the Council’s award-winning business which produces UPVC windows and doors and runs a community equipment service across the South East Wales area.
James Prestwood, James Trembath, Kimberly Castle, Tom Equeall, Paul Williams, Nyasha Matengarufu, Bradley Kinsey, Elizabeth Mulcock and Karl Aldridge are the latest group of Vision Products apprentices to achieve their qualifications training.
Cllr Craig Middle, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Justice, said: “We hope to lead our apprentices on their journey to full-time employment by developing skills and confidence in their abilities. Feedback from the families has been very positive about what a big difference the scheme had made to not only the apprentices lives, but to their lives also.
“The apprentices have exceeded what we anticipated they would achieve and their skills have made a valuable contribution to the services provided at Vision Products.They all have a good work ethic and a real commitment to the job and their confidence and self-esteem has increased, as well as their social interaction.
“All our apprentices have developed a range of transferable skills, have made a valuable contribution at Vision Products and have shown that with the right support the scheme can work.”
Each apprentice has a job coach in place, offering a wide range of training and support. These are fellow workers at Vision Products who assist their colleagues. All apprentices have been able to integrate into the working environment, interacting with a range of people and developing their skills through training and support.
Their duties have included working in stores and administrative posts, meeting and greeting people, repairing, cleaning and repacking community equipment, and they have developed the ability to fabricate and assemble UPVC windows and doors and work independently or as part of a team.
A ceremony has been held at Vision Products to give parents, apprentices and partners the opportunity to recognise the apprentices’ achievements and progress while on the scheme.
Kimberley Clarke’s mother Sian said the positive impact it has had on her daughter has been extraordinary. “She has grown in confidence through being able to interact in a normal workplace setting with people that are not disabled.
“She has developed a good work ethic which has given structure to her days and has enjoyed her time at Vision Products and as a family we feel that she has become more independent. This has been a major experience for her to be working in a normal environment, which is an opportunity that she would never have had”.
The on-going apprenticeship scheme at Vision Products is part of the Council’s drive to get more Rhondda Cynon Taf residents into employment.
Established to provide cost effective employment and development opportunities for people with disabilities, Vision Products has two main premises in Pontyclun and Newport, employing around 150 members of staff.
The innovative large-scale apprenticeship and training project at Vision Products celebrates its third birthday in April.
“Vision Products is a shining example in its field and I am always impressed by their incredible success story in not only providing employment opportunities for individuals who may otherwise not find long-term work, but also in their continued economic growth.”
Vision Products take referrals from a variety of employment agencies who are experienced in finding work placements for people with disabilities and ill health. It makes available placements for voluntary, work experience and even paid positions through the business.
For further details, contact Vision Products on 01443 229988.