Young men share secrets of career success with MP
TWO young men with a first foothold on the jobs ladder have told their MP the secret of their success.
Adam Bowes and Danny Sowden are working for Flogas Ltd in Beck View Road, Beverley.
But they would not be there if not for the Shaw Trust, which administers The Work Programme on behalf of the Government.
It puts employers together with possible workers, identifying their skills, potential and suitability.
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Danny, 20, of Dennett Road in Beverley, had been out of work for a year before he was referred to the programme.
Meeting at the Shaw Trust office in Beverley yesterday, he told Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart: "A lot of the lads don't help themselves. But my girlfriend has a good head on her shoulders, so she helps me out.
"There are a lot of kids who don't want to do it. But I've been at home and it is depressing."
Adam, 21, of Hodgson Avenue, Beverley, said: "I was a bad lad when I was younger but I've managed to sort myself out.
"It's great working at Flogas."
Mr Stuart was visiting the Shaw Trust on the day a jobs fair he helped organise was being staged at Beverley Memorial Hall.
He said: "The Work Programme reaches out to people and gives them some hope.
"Not every 17-year-old who looks like they're on a one-way track to prison ends up there."
Mr Stuart said the programme provides incentives to employers to give full-time work.
Nigel Atkin is employment engagement manager at the Shaw Trust, which has an office in Beverley, but its main base is in Bridlington.
One of his tasks is to promote an employer incentive scheme, whereby companies receive recruitment help and a proportion of a new worker's salary is Government funded.
He said: "Our advisers help people take control of their own destiny. We get 40 people per month into employment.
"It's helping people wanting work but it's also a good service for businesses."
Under the Wage Incentive Scheme, employers can receive £2,275 per recruit aged 18 to 24.
The offer only applies to unfilled, permanent vacancies where the job will last at least 26 weeks.
East Riding jobseekers and prospective employers wanting more information can visit www. shaw-trust.org.uk or call Mr Atkin on 07714 060167.