Two graduation ceremonies were held this week, on Tuesday evening in Wrexham at Moneypenny and last night in Flintshire at Theatre Clwyd. The ceremonies were held for our 16 North Wales graduates, all of whom have changed their lives for the better over the past six months.
We were delighted to see our trainees on stage collecting their graduation certificates from The Mayor of Wrexham Cllr Andy Willams, and Cllr Derek Butler.
As friends, family, local councillors and community figures including our patron Sir John Timpson, Paralympian Anna Jackson and representatives from participating employer partners mingled with local business owners and corporate sponsors, each young woman proudly spoke of the changes she had made to her life since joining the traineeship and of her plans for the future. Plans that she would never have dreamed of, let alone believed possible six months ago.
Each and every one of the trainees has experienced a difficult start in life, and had been receiving benefits or supported care, unable to lead an independent life. Some had suffered physical and mental health issues, and none had had the support that they deserved.
That has since changed: seven have already secured full-time work, two are moving into full-time education, three have interviews secured for this week and next, and the remaining few have clear plans and will be looking for work in care, holistic therapies or administration.
As one of our trainees said: “I have taken a lot from the past six months. I am healthy, happy and thankful for what I have. All thanks to WeMindTheGap, I now have the life that I longed for. Thank you so much, I will always be grateful.”
Our Founder Rachel Clacher said: “Tonight is all about celebrating the success and achievements of these amazing young women as they reach the end of this six-month employment with WeMindTheGap. In October last year, they put their trust in us as a team and committed to making the most of this unique opportunity. As a result, they now have the real futures that they deserve.”
“We will forever be indebted to the powerful community of councils, businesses, coaches and individuals who have joined us. They have given us their time, their consideration, their support, their expertise. In so doing, they have given our trainees a whole new perspective on where their talents and ambitions lie.”
Well done everyone, we couldn’t be more proud of you!