It’s celebration time for The East Durham Employability Trust after two of their trainees were offered work at the Glastonbury Festival. Karl Williams and Craig Robinson-Leigh completed the 2 day course on Tuesday and were encouraged to apply for the jobs straight away by trainer Jane Rishworth.
Karl said, “When we found out we’d passed the course we were both really pleased. I just thought that was it, but then Jane, our trainer encouraged us and gave us the confidence to apply. We applied on the Thursday and we got the job on the same day! I couldn’t believe it, I’m so glad Jane gave us the push we needed.”
Craig added, “When you’re looking for work you get so many knock backs that you come to expect it, so when we got the offer, I was really shocked. We’re dead excited though and I can’t wait to get there.”
Bill Marley, CEO of The Employability Trust said, “It’s excellent news, everyone is on a real high. The course the lads have been on is a 2 day Stewarding and Event Cover course. We only got the funding to start delivering the training in April and this was our very first course. It’s fantastic to get such a positive result so soon.”
Karl and Craig are no strangers to The Trust. Both have taken part in Work Experience there through Jobcentre Plus and have found their time there to be really valuable. Both Karl and Craig agree, “The Trust is a great place to get some hands on work experience. Being here has really helped us. It’s not just about learning what to do but how to do it and being part of a team as well. This training is like the icing on the cake.”
Since starting the training programmes in June 2012 the Trust has had 76 candidates through its doors of which 37% have gone on to achieve paid employment. An amazing two out of every ten volunteers have achieved paid employment through the Employability Trust. The East Durham Employability Trust, based on Palmer Road, Peterlee, is currently offering a variety of training courses including Manual Handling, Introduction to Health & Safety at Work, and Stewarding and Event Cover. Courses are free to recipients of JSA or ESA (WRAG) who are 18 or over.
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