Early Success for The Employability Trust in 2015

06 February 2015
Matthew Nixon

In the opening weeks of 2015, the Employability Trust has already supported two young people into secure employment and put another through their forklift training programme.


The Employability Trust was set up by businessman Bill Marley to help young NEETs to gain the skills and training they need to get to the level industry employers look for. This is done through paid placements or practical experience and on projects outsourced to the trust by local companies.


The Trust boasts an impressive success rate, having supported 94 per cent of the young people who met the criteria of the destination employment programme into employment. So far in 2015, Craig Savage, 23, and Jonathan Phillips, 21, have found jobs while 19 year old Melissa Hammond has become the one of the first women in the North-East to complete fork-lift driver training.


Craig was unemployed for three years but this month started as a forklift truck instructor at The Employability Trust and is relishing the challenge. He said: “It’s brilliant to be starting work. I badly wanted to find a job and now I have. That is definitely down to the support I've had from the trust.”


Meanwhile Jonathan from Hartlepool joined the trust’s practical experience programme to regain confidence after struggling to find sustainable employment. He has now moved to the south coast where he's found a job as a fisherman.


Chief Executive Bill Marley said: “It’s a fantastic start to an exciting year. We want to help as many young people in the region gain to the experience, confidence and skills they need to get into sustainable employment.”


The Employability Trust also offers a range of commercial services and fully accredited forklift driver training at its base in East Durham.


Apprentice Melissa Hammond recently passed her fork-lift driver training at the trust and said she was delighted to have gained the qualification. She said: “I felt I had a point to prove as a woman doing the training, but I did it and I was happy that the hard work paid off.”

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