Enzo Smith had been unemployed for six years before being referred to Trac. Financial barriers had scuppered any dreams he had of becoming self-employed. With one knock-back after another, his confidence and motivation as well as his dreams were shattered. Enzo had another barrier which he felt was blocking his chances of success – a criminal conviction.
His referral to Trac changed all that.
“Heather and the Trac team actually took time to listen to me” he said. “They got to know me and what I could do. They helped me recognise the type of work that would suit me, and helped me fill in the application forms.
Trac’s faith in Enzo was an important factor in his quest to succeed. “They never took the hard line with me” he added. They just kept reassuring me that if I was truly committed that the opportunity would come, and it did”
With this new found confidence, Enzo actively set about looking for work and eventually secured a position with The Premier Inn in Swansea. And, after just ten months, he has been offered the opportunity of an apprenticeship in Hospitality and Management.
Laura Mustoe the Operations Manager at Premier Inn is full of praise for Enzo “Since taking him on Enzo has been a breath of fresh air“ she said. “He’s been given an opportunity and has really taken it with both hands. He’s a natural leader who I can see going on to bigger and better things”.
Enzo’s aim now is to complete the apprenticeship and work towards promotion within the Premier Inn organisation. But as delighted as he is with his own success he is determined to help others in his situation. He hopes that his employer will be open to the idea of promoting positive work experience to socially and economically inactive individuals to help them prosper, just as he has done.
Enzo has one piece of advice for anybody who is referred to Trac “Work with the advisors, they want to help. I am testament to how embracing that assistance can reap the rewards”.