Programme helping young people
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