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Students Grow Their Ambitions

Ebbw Vale students nominated by Tai Calon Community Housing have been given the opportunity to take advantage of a unique work placement scheme with law firm Blake Morgan.

Growing Ambitions gives young people nominated by local social housing associations the chance to spend a week with Blake Morgan, gaining vital work experience and learning more about the world of business that will enhance their prospects of employment at a later date.

Mentored by trainee solicitors, the programme includes the opportunity to spend “a day in the life of” a lawyer, attending Court, taking part in workshops to learn skills such as negotiation and presentation and time with human resources professionals who give tips on interview techniques and completing applications forms.

17 year old Matthew Stevens and Ethan Jones of Ebbw Vale College both say the experience has been of great benefit. Matthew explains: “Having the opportunity to spend a week with solicitors at Blake Morgan has been a fantastic experience enabling me to really think about my future career. I’m sure the week will stand me in good stead when considering future career options.”

Richard Macphail, a Senior Associate with Blake Morgan comments: “Now in its fourth year, Growing Ambitions is a fantastic programme. We are extremely pleased that we can continue to work in partnership with our social housing clients to offer young people aged 15-17 meaningful work experience. Since its inception, interest in the scheme has grown and we are delighted that Growing Ambitions provides an interesting and motivating experience for young people.”

Tai Calon is the largest social housing provider in Blaenau Gwent with more than 6,000 homes. It runs a weekly Work Club as well as schemes to help people develop their skills or gain employment.

Phil Meek, its Employment and Enterprise Coach, said: “I am so pleased that the young people got so much out of their placement.

At Tai Calon we are determined to do whatever we can to encourage and support people just like them. This is why we offer a range of opportunities for training, mentoring and volunteering.

It is also thanks to firms like Blake Morgan, which give of their time and support so generously, that we are able to do what we do.”

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