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Nigel Surges Through His PAT Testing Course!

Crest Co-operative volunteer Nigel Hughes has recently been put through a PAT testing course funded by the organisation and came out on top. Nigel, who lives in Penmaenmawr, has been volunteering with Crest since November 2017 and got 80% on the test which is split into two parts, the Theory and the Practical.

“It was very difficult. There’s a lot to learn in what’s basically a three-day course. You need to read and study a substantial sized book, which explains all the laws and regulations in PAT testing before going for the Theory test. The Practical was much easier! I now understand the “why” behind PAT testing, not just “how” to do it, which is really important.”

Nigel was rewarded for his loyalty and longevity to Crest, having amassed over 600 hours of volunteering with the social enterprise. Because of this, Crest agreed to pay for the course which will help Nigel on his hunt for paid employment either at Crest or somewhere else.

“I can now apply for jobs that I otherwise couldn’t before, so if Crest or another company needs that skill, I can put my name forward. In the meantime, I’m able to help Crest PAT test more items, especially when the engineers in the organisation are busy doing other things.

”It’s been 18 months since he was approached to volunteer by Crest engineer Ralph Higgins. “Ralph delivered a fridge for my Mum and he knew me from our time together working in Mochdre some years back. When he realised whose fridge it was he was delivering, he asked me to help Crest out and volunteer”.

Nigel fits in really well at Crest and works in the electricals department with the other staff and volunteers. “I don’t have favourites. We’re all one team and we get on really well. The plan is to secure paid employment, that’s the ultimate goal. But I’m happy to continue helping out at Crest until I find a job because I know they do good for the local community.”

So the story continues for Nigel at Crest Co-operative, and it’s a perfect match. “Volunteering at Crest helps alleviate boredom and gives something back to the community. I want to do my bit for the environment. People throw away so much stuff and we need to stop that from happening, so I’m happy to help out where I can.”

To become a volunteer at Crest, please call 01492 596783 or email