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Success for local jobseekers following Lichfield careers and jobs fair

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Two local men are the latest success stories from Bromford’s careers and jobs fair after nabbing themselves permanent jobs at Euro Car Parts in Dordon, near Atherstone.

Mike Brereton, 57, and Stephen Dalton, 49, had both been out of work for nearly three months when they found success with the number one provider of car parts.

Mike said: “When I was unemployed I felt disillusioned and disappointed as it was so hard to meet employers – agencies can filter you out and it’s frustrating going on job sites online and not hearing anything back.”

Stephen added: “It was great to get positive feedback on the day and it’s a good way to get work without going through an agency. I am so glad to have a full-time job now.”

Stephen works on de-kitting, loading and unloading trailers and Mike picks stock for new car stores. He says: “I have worked in a warehouse before but not in a role like this. I want to progress in the company and I am hopeful there’s an opportunity to become a team leader.”

Euro Car Parts works in partnership with PDM training to offer three-week courses with a qualification and job at the end for successful candidates. Mike summarised: “It’s a really good idea as it gives you a chance to get to know the company and for the company to get to know you. By the time you start, you already feel part of it.”

Anthony Lengden, PDM Business Development Manager, adds: “The training academy was established onsite at Euro Car Parts to attract, inform and prepare local unemployed people for jobs at its National Distribution Centre. The security of a permanent job is a real attraction and employees are offered further training to help them progress with the company which is adding new branches every month.  PDM is looking forward to helping more Bromford customers into the company.”

The careers fair was Bromford’s first in Lichfield and was so successful that the social enterprise and provider of affordable housing is in the process of planning another event in early September at a central Lichfield location.

Organiser, Michael Pritchard said: “We are delighted with the growing numbers of successful outcomes from the careers fair. Mike and Stephen follow on from other success stories including Andrew Cole, a local young man who had been out of work for five months but is now a community carer with Fairway; school leaver Rowan Pearce who secured a role at Bromford and Jordan Holland from Burntwood who is now on a plumbing course after realising a teaching career was not for him as he had originally thought.”

ValYou recruitment in Bromsgrove also supported a Bromford customer, Rob Ennis, into a 13-week trial with construction company, Revive Property Solutions. Jason Challoner from ValYou said: “Rob impressed me with his enthusiasm and ambition and that fact that he wants to better himself.”

Over 30 employers attended the careers fair and Michael wants to make the next one even bigger and better. “We are proud to have great relationships with Jobcentre Plus, the Chamber of Commerce, the National Careers Advice Service and local employers. What made the event so successful was that we only asked employers who had vacancies to attend and that will be the focus of the next one.”

For more information contact Michael Prichard on 01543 420848 or email michael.pritchard@bromford.co.uk.

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