Lee’s Story

Lee Richards had worked in manufacturing for 38 years, and was sadly made redundant whist working as an Area Leader in October 2012. Lee decided that he would use this as an opportunity to change career and learn something new.

Actually, Lee had considered moving in to the Care industry to work as a Support Worker before being made redundant. He was particularly interested in Care as he had gained life experience helping a friend who was wheelchair bound, additionally his wife also worked in the Care industry. Lee felt this was the perfect opportunity to make the move he had been considering over the past few years.

Just before Christmas 2012 Lee visited Educ8’s Ystrad Mynach office and after a detailed chat with Educ8’s ReAct Co-ordinator Lee decided that the Passport to Health and Social Care was the best programme for him.

Lee began the programme in January 2013 and knew after his first day of training that he made the right decision to change career. During the course Lee continued looking for employment and applied for the role as a Support Worker with Cartrefi Cymru.  Lee attended an interview which consisted of a panel of 3 managers who proceeded to ask 3 Care related questions each.

Lee was elated saying he “would never have been able to answer the questions without the training with Educ8.” He continued to say “They told me I did very well during the interview and 3 days later I received a letter offering me the job! I would like to thank everyone involved in helping me and supporting me all the way. The help I have received from Educ8 has had a dramatic effect on my life. The courses I have attended have been invaluable to me in my quest in changing careers. Without the knowledge I gained on the courses I would have found it so much harder to find employment in my chosen career path.”

“Looking back when I worked in manufacturing I would dread going in to work the next day at the end of every shift.”  Lee is now working with a service user who suffers with cerebral palsy and feels happy going to work every day even though he now works weekends.