• James Ellaby
70,000 Jobs And Counting For The Work Company

Manchester-based employment and recruitment specialist The Work Company has reached a major landmark by placing its 70,000th person into work.  Norman McCauley from Swinton helped them reach the milestone when he was successfully placed in a post as an in-store janitor for facilities management company Servest, based at the Sainsbury’s superstore, Regent Road, Salford.

Norman had previously worked as a kitchen fitter and plumber, but had to stop working in that field after having to have both knees replaced due to wear and tear, Norman also had other health issues that limited the kind of work he was able to do, and was unemployed for several years.

61-year-old Norman joined the Work Choice programme to help get him back into work, as he lacked confidence due to the length of time he’d been unemployed, and felt that his age was counting against him in his job search.  Work Choice, which is supported by the European Social Fund, is a voluntary programme delivered by The Work Company that provides support for people with disabilities and health issues to overcome barriers to employment.

After just six weeks on the programme, Norman was referred for an interview with Servest, his first job interview in about 30 years!  He needed some help with preparing for the interview, but his employment consultant at Work Choice was confident that if he could get Norman in front of an employer, his personality and willingness to work would shine through.

The interview went well, and Norman was offered the part-time position immediately.  Julie Real, Cleaning Manager for Servest said:  “Norman came across really well in the interview.  It was clear that his attitude to work was right, and we felt he would fit in very well with the team here.  We employed our first person through The Work Company about three years ago, and since then, we’ve taken on over 20 more.  They really understand our needs and the candidates are always well prepared when they come for interview.”

Norman said:  “The team at Work Choice were brilliant, I really can’t fault them, they’re a terrific team.  They didn’t just help me to get this job, they’ve advised me on my finances, and are now helping to sort out my Council Tax. I didn’t think I’d find work again at my age, but I love the job, it’s given me back my self-esteem, and I’m fitter, happier and generally feeling great.  It’s a nice feeling to know that I’m the 70,000th person that The Work Company has got into work, it makes me feel like somebody!”

The Work Company, which is part of the not-for-profit Manchester Growth Company, delivers a range of services aimed at getting people into work.  The services are targeted at people who are long-term unemployed, have been made redundant, or may have never worked.  They also provide specialist employment support for people who have health conditions, have had problems with drugs and alcohol, or have recently left prison.

Jerry Stokes, Managing Director of The Work Company said: “We are very proud of our achievement of placing 70,000 people into employment, and the positive impact that’s had on the individuals we’ve helped, and the communities in which we work.  Central to our success has been the relationship that we have with employers large and small.  We’ve been able to develop long-term partnerships with many employers, and they have come to trust in our expertise and our understanding of their requirements and how they operate.  We’re now looking forward to helping the next 70,000 people!”