A charity which supports young people into employment by offering them practical experience and vocational work is celebrating the award of three new business contracts.
The Employability Trust in Peterlee has secured work with soft drinks manufacturer and retailer Contract Bottling Ltd (CBL) in Sunderland, local fruit and veg supplier Holcrofts, and fine dining catering equipment specialist Goodfellow and Goodfellow.
For the last couple of months the trust, which was set up by businessman Bill Marley to help young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs) find work with local employers, has been contracted by CBL to consolidate batches of mixed fruit cordial which are destined for Saudi Arabia.
But after impressing managing director Martin Thornton, the company has confirmed it has extended the contract on a more permanent basis.
Thornton said: “I’ve been so pleased with the work ethic of the Employability Trust team that extending the contract with them was an easy decision to make. Bill’s organisation came highly recommended to me and I have to say they’ve exceeded my expectations. Subcontracting this element of work makes sense to us so I’ve asked the trust to continue working with us for the foreseeable future.”
It comes after the Employability Trust was awarded contracts with two firms. Both Holcrofts, based on the North East Industrial Estate, and Goodfellow and Goodfellow, on the North West Industrial Estate, both Peterlee, have committed to taking trust staff on an as and when needed basis to help them deliver orders during peak times, giving them invaluable work experience and the chance to impress their temporary employers.
Marley said: “The last few months have been a real turning point for the trust and after being awarded a contract with Seaward Electronic, which has resulted in four young people being taken on paid placements and one permanent apprentice, we’ve now secured even more business. Contracts like these are so important to the trust as it enables our young people to work in a real-life environment, either here at the trust or at the companies themselves.
“What’s most encouraging is the feedback we’ve had from Contract Bottling Ltd, which initially awarded us work for a couple of months but have said they’ve been so impressed with the team’s attitude, commitment and flexibility that they want to secure our services on a longer-term basis.”