We would like to congratulate our colleagues Sally-Ann Cain and Jackie Whiller on their recent degree successes.
Sally-Ann has achieved a First Class Honours degree in Housing Policy and Practice with Cardiff Metropolitan University.
She started her degree in 2014, a year later Sally-Ann started volunteering with us to help coordinate our Universal Credit door knocking pilot, this aimed to establish the financial and digital capability of those who live in our homes.
After three weeks Sally-Ann was offered employment as a part-time Universal Credit Support Officer.
Before commencing her third year at Cardiff Met, a position for a full time Tenancy Support Officer became available at Hafod. It was something Sally-Ann was really excited about but also torn by her study commitments. With the support of her manager, Sally-Ann decided to apply for the position and was subsequently offered the job.
To balance her work and study commitments, Sally-Ann decided that the next step was to put a business case forward asking us to sponsor her final year at university. Her proposal was successful and she completed her final year at university, part time over two years. She told us: “I remember feeling overwhelmed (in a positive way) as I had never received this level of support from a manager or an employer before!”
Jackie Whiller achieved a Merit on her Master’s degree in Health and Public Service Management with the University of South Wales.
Jackie started with Hafod in 2002 as a Senior Tenant Support Worker, she now works as a Quality and Support Manager.
She started her degree in 2015 as she felt she needed more qualifications to further develop her career. After talking with her manager we were able to offer support as it would also be beneficial to the organisation.
Well done both!
We are committed to developing our staff and fostering a learning environment. We offer support to complete training and qualifications and enabling people to achieve their career goals. If you would like to apply to join our team please visit our Work with us section.