Over the years we have teamed up with the Job Centre Plus to offer Work Placements. This government scheme is designed for people who are on benefits to gain new skills and confidence to then go on to permanent work, with a reference.
It has worked really well at our shops who take on up to three placements at a time for around 30 hours a week. Jo, our Tolworth Manager says: “It’s been such a privilege to see people grow in confidence and skills. We have been able to offer more permanent volunteering positions and we were even able to take one person as a member of our paid staff, when the vacancy arose.”
Carol, who joined us recently says: “I came to volunteer at the Tolworth Shop on a work placement scheme in January. What I like about the shop is that it is very helpful to me in understanding how a retail business works. The staff are very encouraging and friendly and there is a very positive atmosphere here. When my work placement ends next month I would very much like to continue working here as a volunteer.”