Power to Work pro­gramme is just the job

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HILLING­DON’S Mayor has con­grat­u­lated young job seek­ers on their ef­forts to get into work.

Young peo­ple from the bor­ough have found dif­fi­culty find­ing work, de­spite hav­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Gur­preet Matharou, 21, from West Dray­ton, has a busi­ness man­age­ment de­gree but no work ex­pe­ri­ence aside from re­tail.

She said: “I’ve now got five in­ter­views lined up next week. I’ve been based in the pay­roll team at Man­pow­erGroup, and Power to Work has been a great op­por­tu­nity to get some real-world ex­pe­ri­ence of the work place.”

Ms Matharou was one of nine job seek­ers, re­ceiv­ing help through Uxbridge Job Cen­tre, who com­pleted a pro­gramme run by Man­power Group UK.

Mayor of Hilling­don, Cllr Ge­orge Cooper and the May­oress, Cllr Ju­dith Cooper pre­sented cer­tifi­cates at a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony held at Man­pow­erGroup’s UK head­quar­ters in Uxbridge.

The young­sters com­pleted a three-week Power To Work pro­gramme to help them ac­quire the skills they need to find a job.

The Power To Work pro­gramme is part of a na­tional Move­ment To Work vol­un­tary ini­tia­tive which sup­ports 100,000 young peo­ple into re­ward­ing work.

Benjamin Ach­e­son, 20, from Hayes, said: “It’s been great fun, re­ally help­ful, and I’ve been able to gain some great real world work ex­pe­ri­ence. I’m now start­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship with Man­pow­erGroup within the CORE South team.”

This is the sec­ond pro­gramme of its kind run by Man­pow­erGroup UK, af­ter six of a group of eight job­seek­ers gained em­ploy­ment within two months of com­plet­ing the scheme.

n SUC­CESS: The Power To Work team with their cer­tifi­cates

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