The lantern restaurant in Newtown, Powys has lit up the career prospects for a local man, with the support local learning organisation Trac Training.
21 year old Lewis Mumford had been out of work for 8 months when he was referred to Trac Training a delivery partner of Work Programme prime contractor Rehab JobFit. Before becoming unemployed Lewis had worked in a variety of temporary roles, from being a part time labourer to a waiter at a local pub.
On joining the Work Programme Lewis worked closely with Trac Training, Employer Engagement Officer Janet Davies.
Janet said: “Lewis had a very unhappy experience at school which resulted in him under achieving academically which has affected his route to employment.
“I organised an interview for Lewis with Khanh Ho the owner of The Lantern restaurant. Lewis’ attributes coupled with his experience from his previous jobs, would suit the need of a busy restaurant.
“A number of applicants were interviewed but Khanh was particularly impressed with Lewis’ attitude and personable nature and subsequently offered him the job.
Lantern Restaurant owner, Khanh Ho said: Lewis is a real people’s person… he is hard working and when the restaurant is quiet he is always looking for jobs to do”.
Lewis said: “This job is giving me the experience I need to improve my skills and CV. My job here at the Lantern is giving me the opportunity to work both in the kitchen and restaurant.
“I can’t thank Janet at Trac Training enough for her help and support, not only did she find me this job but always treated me as a person”.