Five jobseekers find employment at JAD builders' merchants
FIVE unemployed young people are back in work after landing jobs at a builders' merchants.
The quintet, all aged under 24, secured apprenticeship positions with JAD Building Supplies, in Stonehouse and Saltash, after receiving help on the Government's Work Programme.
The were assisted by employment and skills experts at Working Links, which delivers the Work Programme in the South West.
The employer also benefited from the Youth Contract wage incentive, which gives firms up to £2,275 for every 18-to-24-year-old they take on from the Work Programme.
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After launching 18 months ago, JAD planned to expand their workforce at the end of 2011 and needed quality, enthusiastic staff.
Working Links found candidates after initial two-day work trials.
The relationship started in late 2011 and continued as JAD expanded further, hiring five Warehousing and Business Administration apprentices in total.
Mike Parker, manager at JAD, said: "We needed people who were enthusiastic. The two-day work trials helped us find candidates."
Jason Coombe, aged 22, from Barne Barton, was unemployed for four years before landing his warehouse apprenticeship at JAD.
He said: "It's going great, I'm doing a lot of interesting things and enjoying being an apprentice."
Jason Stone, Working Links consultant, said: "The Youth Contract has been a revelation in helping our 18-to-24-year-olds find employment and has given them the edge needed to secure interviews, work trials and then employment."