Joe's Story

Supported employment contract

“I have learnt a variety of new skills that will help me in my career”

Joe Turner, 18,  found himself at a crossroad after leaving Denbigh High School. He had not been accepted into university and his future was cast into doubt.

With no plans outside of going to university, Joe was approached by Debra Barker the North Wales Regional Manager for Hockey Wales. He was offered a sixth month contract working with Hockey Wales in conjunction with partner Vi-Ability.

Joe had always been passionate about Hockey and was an umpire at the time, but he had not considered that he would be fortunate enough to find work doing that he loved.

 “My Jobs Growth Wales placement with Hockey Wales and Vi-Ability opened up opportunities that I would not have had working anywhere else”, he said.

Based in the Hockey Wales North Office at Glyndwr University in Wrexham, Joe’s initial role was primarily administrative. He began by answering the telephone, sending emails and generally supporting the Regional Manager and then Business Support Officer-North, Sarah Latham as required.

Particular tasks where he played a leading role were with the organising of meetings and most notably the arranging of international hockey tournaments.

“Not only did I learn new skills but I was also given the opportunity to develop skills that I already had and I am in no doubt that this will help me in any future position I hold”, he added.

Joe’s efforts were recognised as he became the Hockey Wales, Hockey Young Ambassador Programme staff leader. The prestigious position and responsibility of the role was something that Joe embraced.

Therefore when Sarah Latham left the Hockey Wales, Joe assumed some of her responsibilities and had to manage them in his daily workload. This culminated with him often being the only member of staff in the office and given much more responsibility.

At the end of Joe’s six month contract on the Job’s Growth Wales scheme, his work had impressed Hockey Wales considerably. As a result he was offered the position of Business Support Officer on a three month contract, a proposal he was delighted to accept.