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Jobs for the girls as graduates benefit from careers support


The first 'graduates' of the Moneypenny Foundation have been celebrating the completion of a six month intensive programme which has resulted in full-time employment for each one. 

The Foundation was launched in June 2014 by Moneypenny’s co-founder Rachel Clacher to help young women from Wrexham, who maybe haven’t had the best start in life, into work.

The trainees were chosen from candidates proposed by Wrexham agencies, and have undergone a six month traineeship comprising work experience, coaching, mentoring, as well as life and work skills and experiences.

They spent three weeks with each of six local employers - Wrexham County Borough Council, Ramada Plaza Hotel, Pendine Park care home, Jolly Good Van Hire, and Glyndŵr University as well as time in Moneypenny’s HR and Marketing departments.

Lucy Jones, work experience officer with the award-winning Glyndŵr Careers Centre, said: “It was a privilege to work with the Moneypenny Foundation and support these inspirational women in building for the future.

“The time they spent with the Careers Centre was very rewarding; they worked very hard, added a lot of value to the department and were proactive in organising workshops, volunteering, improving their CVs and producing blogs and videos.

“They have all gone on to find new jobs and take a different path in life, and we are proud to have played a part in that.”

Along the way over the six months they enjoyed experiences ranging from outward bound activities, skiing, golf, archery and swimming to having tea with the Mayor, learning to cook, film-making; even singing in the Albert Hall.  They also brushed up on essential numeracy skills and learnt about nutrition, women’s health, local history and much more.    

Rachel is delighted with the outcome of this first Foundation programme. She said: “The graduation event celebrates five extraordinary young women who have worked so hard over the past six months to achieve amazing things. There’s no greater demonstration of that success than the fact that they are all starting in full-time employment this week. The commitment and support of so many local employers and individuals is what has made this such an inspiring project: Wrexham has done us proud, and now these five girls are doing Wrexham proud in return.

“At the beginning we were told that this would be a successful pilot if two trainees, out of the eight that started with us, graduated. The fact that five trainees have done so and are now in full-time employment means that it has been a huge success by any measure. Now the challenge is on to raise the funding to expand the programme and offer this opportunity to ten young people next year.

 “It has been a privilege to play a part in their journey and we are so proud of each and every one of them. We have seen the girls change from being prisoners of circumstance to pilots of their own lives.”

Diane Aplin Moneypenny Foundation Project Director added: “The success of this pilot programme is testament to the power of collaboration, sharing and volunteering. We are enormously grateful for all the support we have received from so many quarters, in particular the other Wrexham employers for believing in our vision, to the coaches and mentors who have supported the girls every step of the way and to so many other supporters who have helped us in far too many ways to mention them all – from donating train tickets, dresses and hairdressing to lunch at Tower Bridge.

"Our trainees have made the most of every opportunity presented to them and richly deserve the remarkable results they have all achieved. We can’t wait to see what all they all go on to achieve from here.”

Based on the success of the pilot Foundation, the second programme will start in April 2015.

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