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Posted on: 22/01/2024

Dylan is the first Supported Shared Apprentice (SSA) in the Facilities Department in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

Working in partnership with Agoriad Cyf, BCUHB are rolling out SSA’s in various departments in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd as well as other areas of the Health Board. The purpose is to support the apprenticeship agenda by widening access to individuals aged 16+ who cannot because of key skill requirements and/or reasons of disadvantage partake in mainstream apprenticeship.

Last September, Dylan enrolled on DFN Project SEARCH at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

DFN Project SEARCH  is a one-year internship programme supporting young people with a learning disability and/or autism to gain the skills, experience and qualifications to move into paid employment.

Dylan started his internship in the stores department. This role involved Dylan receiving goods from the delivery lorries, recording the goods received and  distributing them around the hospital to the appropriate ward/department.

Due to his hard work and positive attitude, Dylan was offered a Supported Shared Apprenticeship (SSA) for 20 hours per week working as a linen porter.

The role involves collecting bags of dirty laundry from different departments and wards. Dylan then places the bags onto the linen cage and takes them off to the laundry to be washed.


“I feel really happy that I am doing a SSA. Helping people makes me feel good and receiving pay for my work makes me feel more mature and independent. My confidence has grown and I find it easier to talk to different people, if I see something that's not right I have the confidence to report it.

I find the porters very friendly and helpful and Corrie and Ceiran are very approachable”.

Corrie Twist, Facilities Assistant Manager:

“Dylan consistently exhibits dedication and full commitment to his apprenticeship. His work ethic is strong and proactive, earning positive feedback, and he maintains excellent relationships with all colleagues”.

Ceiran Jones, Facilities Coordinator:

“The portering team appreciates Dylan’s dedication and hard work as an apprentice. His enthusiasm and willingness to learn are commendable, and I'm confident that his commitment will lead to great success in his chosen field of work. Keep up the excellent work Dylan”.

Well done Dylan, keep up the good work!


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