The Engage to Change Lead
Ambassador will organise and support a team of Project Ambassadors,
who are to be recruited in the next few months, whilst also
encouraging participation by promoting the project at a wide range
of events, including open days, school visits, and visits to
Gerraint has been employed by Learning Disability Wales for the
past 18 months, where he has played a valuable role as the
administrator for Engage to Change. Gerraint's perspective as a
young person who has been through the project himself will offer a
valuable insight to young people, parents/carers, and employers
Gerraint was selected by an interview panel following a
recruitment procedure that included a two-day interview process for
"I am looking forward to working with Gerraint and I'm delighted
to have him on board," said Director of All Wales People First Joe
Powell, the Engage to Change partner organisation who will now
employ Gerraint. "I know he's been a real asset to Learning
Disability Wales who have in turn shown him enormous support
and faith in the opportunities they have given him.
"All candidates were superb and we were impressed by every
single one of them. The interview process was without a doubt
one of the highlights of my time with AWPF. Enormous talent, and
all lovely people."
Succeeding in the workplace
Gerraint himself is equally delighted with his new role. "Thank
you Engage to Change, I am very much looking forward to being
your Lead Ambassador. My philosophy is that young people with
autism and/or a learning disability can and will succeed in the
workplace through this amazing project and through our delivery
partners ELITE Supported Employment
Agency and Agoriad Cyf.
"I am very much looking forward to be working with the National
Director Joe Powell, the National Council Development Officer
Tracey Drew and all the team at AWPF, but I have thoroughly enjoyed
being the Engage to Change Project Administrator and I
will miss the amazing team I call my family at Learning
Disability Wales terribly."
Gerraint has been a valued member of Learning Disability
Wales during his time as administrator for Engage to Change.
Jenna Trakins, Project Manager, said: "We will really miss Gerraint
being a part our team, but we are thrilled to know that All Wales
People First will now benefit from all his skills and passion.
Congratulations to Gerraint, who we are sure will make an excellent
The Learning Disability Wales team celebrated Gerraint's new
role with a special goodbye lunch for Gerraint, who starts his new
role as Lead Ambassador for Engage to Change on March 5th.