Alex Holland, Mental Rentals
October 15, 2020

Retired firefighter finds new career path with help from PRIME Cymru

Paul Harvey from Bridgend was looking for a change in direction after retiring from a long career in the Fire Service.

Following a conversation with the Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, she suggested he contact PRIME Cymru.

Looking for a “nice job” with fewer hours, our Development Officer Debbie Price supported Paul through the recruitment, interview and trial run process for a role as a Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant.

He has now secured paid employment, working one-to-one with a young boy, which he really enjoys. With several grandkids, Paul is used to children and has quickly acquired a “gang of little followers”.

With many years of experience teaching firefighting and a degree in Education, Debbie made Paul aware of his numerous transferable skills. Although his CV was full and he had all the right qualifications, she helped him edit it to make it clearer and more relevant.

Throughout the Coronavirus lockdown, Paul had been volunteering at his local care home – singing for residents and offering to drive, when restrictions allow. Debbie explained that this would appeal to employers as it showed confidence and a willingness to give back to the community.

Paul said: “It’s all thanks to Debbie because I was so out of the loop with the recruitment and interview process. She helped me to re-build my CV and with interview techniques.

“I really can’t praise her enough.”

If you are also looking for a career change, we can help you explore all of your options. Please get in touch on 01550 721813 or email

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