Job prospects

Pro­gramme help­ing young peo­ple

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Clemen­tine

YOUNG job seek­ers who have made the first step on to the ca­reers lad­der have been con­grat­u­lated by the Mayor of Hilling­don.

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

At the event the bor­ough’s first cou­ple met young peo­ple who had found it dif­fi­cult to find work, de­spite in many cases 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.”

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

Zoe Broad, 21, from Uxbridge, said: “I’ve never worked in an of­fice be­fore, so it’s been great to have the chance to get some ex­pe­ri­ence in an of­fice en­vi­ron­ment, and find out how it works.

“I’m now go­ing to be join­ing Man­pow­erGroup in a tem­po­rary role in the pay­roll team.”

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.” Mark Cahill, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Man­pow­erGroup UK, said: “We’d like to congratulate all of those who took part in the scheme for their determined ap­proach to ob­tain­ing the skills they need to find em­ploy­ment. We are con­fi­dent that they will go on to se­cure re­ward­ing and en­joy­able jobs.”

n SUC­CESS: Young peo­ple who took part in a ‘Power To Work’ pro­gramme through Uxbridge Job­Cen­tre

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