Monday, October 15, 2012

News: First success for Jobs4Everyone


First Group have appointed two new bus drivers at their Rotherham depot with support from local social enterprise, Jobs4everyone.

Trevor Cocking, 43, from Beighton and Sam Doyle, 21 from Kimberworth had only been on the website for a couple of weeks when they were contacted by First Group and invited down for an open-day taster.

Trevor had been working in the construction industry but had recently been made unemployed after the completion of the Olympic Park. He was contacted by First who thought that he had what it takes to be a driver.

Sam has a passion for driving with a history of bus drivers throughout his family and friends.

Peter Holmes, Rotherham depot operations manager for First, said "We're delighted to be working in partnership with Jobs4everyone, we chose them because they are a social enterprise with strong community links.

"The process was very simple and we were able to identify prospective candidates easily from their profiles. During our recent driver recruitment campaign four out of five successful candidates have come via Jobs4everyone."

Jobs4everyone works with Jobcentre Plus, National Careers Service and other Welfare to Work providers to help provide greater access to the full range of employment services such as wage incentives schemes for employers, apprenticeships, training courses, work experience, volunteering right down to hints and tips such as CV writing and interview technique.

Richard Downs founded the company in 2008 after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University. A percentage of the profits are reinvested into local communities to help with regeneration and development.

Richard said: "We look to bring together those who are looking for jobs with those who have jobs to fill. We do this by providing an outlet for employers, recruiters and welfare providers to advertise their vacancies in a more effective way and at a more manageable cost.

"We offer one free job post a month service aimed at the smaller business or infrequent recruiter to help reduce the cost of recruiting and reduce the percentage of unadvertised jobs from 80%."

Jobs4Everyone website

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