Northumberland youngsters get a taste for success in sandwich business

Four Northumberland youngsters have good reason to celebrate this new year after they clinched jobs at Subway’s latest sandwich store

From left: Raymond Saunders, Damian Robinson, Charlotte Smith, boss Neil Taylor and Natasha Surtees
From left: Raymond Saunders, Damian Robinson, Charlotte Smith, boss Neil Taylor and Natasha Surtees

Four Northumberland youngsters have good reason to celebrate this new year after they clinched jobs at Subway’s latest sandwich store.

The young recruits completed training at Subway in Morpeth, Northumberland and will now head for the coast to work as ‘sandwich artists’ at the firm’s new shop on Waterloo Road in Blyth.

The four owe their success to a partnership between Subway franchisee Neil Taylor, who operates several stores in the region, and Ingeus, which delivers the Government’s Work Programme in the North East.

Supporting young people into work is one of the key aims of the Work Programme and it reflects Taylor’s aspirations to help young people from the area get their feet on to the jobs ladder.

“Finding work in the North East is a challenge for anybody, but for people with limited experience it’s extremely difficult,” said Taylor.

“We firmly believe in giving young people a chance, and then offering them opportunities to progress within our business.”

Taylor has already employed four other Work Programme job seekers, including the manager at the Morpeth store, and he’s now on the lookout for another to help with his company’s administration tasks.

“We can train most people to do their jobs here, but it’s what our employees offer over and above this that is important,” he added.

“We want our customers to remember who served them because their experience of coming into one of our stores has been enjoyable. Our recruits from Ingeus are able to offer that, and that’s why we’ve employed them.”

Two of the new team, Charlotte Smith, 20, and her partner Raymond Saunders, 24, are from North Seaton. Saunders was made redundant nine months ago when the landscaping business for which he worked ceased trading. Smith left school in 2009 and, until now, has been unemployed. The couple met while volunteering at St Oswald’s Hospice charity store in Ashington.

“Ingeus helped me make the most of the situation I was in by showing me how to write a CV that highlighted the skills and interests I have,” said Smith.

Louise Notman, from Ingeus, said: “Our role is to know what he looks for in his employees, and then to shortlist those people we believe have the right mix of attitude and skills.

“We also support unemployed people, helping them achieve what they want to do by guiding them through the process of getting a job. It’s a system that, once again, has proved successful.”

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