Back-to-work scheme helps 45 long-term unemployed land jobs at B&M Bargains
Forty five previously long-term unemployed people have now found jobs following the opening of a B&M Bargains store in Norwich.
The discount retailer recruited more than two thirds of the store's new team through Ingeus, the leading provider the Government's flagship Work Programme which tackles long-term unemployment.
Dominique Walker spent a demotivating five years out of work before bagging a supervisor role at the new store after Ingeus helped her to rewrite her CV and application letters. Walker said she was "shocked and delighted" to be offered a job as a cashier supervisor. Her colleague Josef Shore was equally successful when he was called to the B&M interview at short notice. He impressed B&M branch manager Darren Chase so much that he was offered the job there and then.
Shore said: "My academic grades aren't great and so I think employers overlooked my applications," said Josef. "Ingeus helped me to promote my skills and qualities in interviews and recommended me to B&M."
The Norwich store is one of the largest in the B&M group. Chase said: "For me it was important to give local unemployed people a chance. Sometimes it's not until you meet an applicant that you can really see their suitability and enthusiasm.”
B&M said that 17 of the 45 new recruits are young workers who have been supported by the Youth Contract, a wage incentive for employers taking on unemployed 18-24 year olds on the Work Programme.
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