FOUR young adults from Northumberland have good reason to be celebrating the New Year as their appetite for work has been rewarded.
They have completed their basic training at Subway in Morpeth and are now starting work as ‘sandwich artists’ at one of the company’s new shops in the county.
Franchisee Neil Taylor, who operates several stores in the North East, was impressed with Raymond Saunders, Damian Robinson, Charlotte Smith and Natasha Surtees. They have benefited from a partnership between him and Ingeus, which delivers the Government’s Work Programme in the region.
He has already employed four other Work Programme job seekers, including the manager at the Morpeth store, and he is now on the lookout for yet another to help with his company’s administration tasks.
“Finding work in the North East is a challenge for anybody, but for people with limited experience it’s extremely difficult,” said Mr Taylor.
“We firmly believe in giving young people a chance and then offering them opportunities to progress. We want our customers to remember who served them because their experience of coming into one of our stores has been enjoyable. Our recruits from Ingeus are able to offer that and that’s why we’ve employed them.”
Louise Notman from Ingeus has supported all of the new recruits after helping Mr Taylor to find the right candidates. She said: “Our role is to understand Neil’s business and know what he looks for in his employees, then shortlist those we think have the right mix of attitude and skills.
“Doing this helps employers take a lot of the time-consuming process out of finding and appointing new recruits.”