A GRAPHIC designer who moved from South to North Wales to secure a job has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
Ffion Malwala is one of 36 finalists in the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales.
The 24-year-old who works for Daydream Designs is shortlisted for the Jobs Growth Wales Outstanding Achiever of the Year award.
Fiona, who lives in Prestatyn, said: "After graduating, I applied for so many jobs but didn’t get anywhere. I started to lose confidence, thinking I wasn’t good enough, but I kept on looking."
The design graduate from Cardiff University found out about a design role on the Jobs Growth Wales programme through Twitter, applied and went on to impress at interview.
“Things have turned out really well,” she said.
“I really like my job and I’m enjoying working to grow the business.”
The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of learners, employers and providers involved in the delivery of quality apprenticeships and other work-based learning programmes and is funded by the Welsh Government with the support of the European Social Fund.
Since Fiona joined Holywell-based Daydream Design, the company’s profits in graphic design have gone up by over 90 per cent.
Sian Saunders, creative director at the firm, said: “The fact that Ffion was prepared to move to North Wales to take up the position clearly demonstrated her commitment.
“Her design skills were impressive from the outset but she needed more confidence. Through her training with Coleg Cambria in Wrexham, her confidence grew and today she manages projects and clients."
Winners in the 13 categories will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport on Friday, October 18.