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Charity shop success for caring Rebecca

Charity shop success for caring Rebecca
A caring voluntary worker has set her sights on becoming the manager of a childrens hospice shop thanks to help from a major employment services and training provider.
Rebecca Astley-Brewer ended her long-term unemployment ordeal when she was given the opportunity to train as a shop manager for Acorns Childrens Hospice. She used her own initiative to set up voluntary work and had support from Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG) and employment coach Chris Sly.
The 21-year-old, from Tamworth, had been volunteering for more than a year when PPDG offered her the chance to secure a part time position at the Acorns Childrens Hospice shop in Rugeley.
Rebecca was referred to PPDG by Jobcentre Plus under the Flexible New Deal initiative. PPDG is delivering FND in Tamworth and across Staffordshire as part of the Governments Welfare to Work strategy. PPDG uses its vast experience to provide tailored solutions that help local jobseekers secure employment and training opportunities.
Rebecca jumped at the chance of joining the team at Acorns Childrens Hospice and, after spending several months at its Rugeley branch, she has now moved to an outlet in High Street, Brownhills, to further her experience.
She is now helping other unemployed PPDG customers find a route back into work by providing volunteering opportunities at her shop.
She said: I had completed an art and design course at college and couldnt find employment when I left at 19. Jobcentre Plus put me in touch with PPDG and I completed a volunteer course.
I was volunteering for a year and then PPDG helped me with the opportunity to join Acorns Childrens Hospice for a paid part time position. I couldnt thank PPDG enough for the help and support they have given me - they have been absolutely brilliant and have supported me all the way.
She added: I absolutely love the work. I am still training to be a manager but I hope to run my own shop one day. I love working for Acorns as I think it is an absolutely brilliant cause. I am just grateful for PPDG for putting the opportunity my way.
Chris said: Rebecca has done fantastically well to secure a management position and responsibilities at her age. It was obvious to me from the start that she had very strong management potential, the ambition to succeed and the right personal qualities. These included a very helpful and caring disposition along with excellent people, IT and administration skills. She has expressed an interest in gaining management qualifications to go with her experience and PPDG is in a position to offer her various management and team leader workplace NVQs to help her in her very promising career.
She has not forgotten about us and always contacts us with offers of voluntary placement and vacancy updates.
PPDGs relationship with Acorns Childrens Hospice stretches back many years. The company has staged fundraising events for the charity and has provided volunteers to help at the hospice in Selly Oak, Birmingham.
PPDGs team of employment experts provide advice on benefits, confidence building, one-to-one support, CV and interview preparation as well as finding the right job or training course. In partnership with DWP, the Ministry of Justice and Jobcentre Plus, PPDG delivers a diverse range of employment and training initiatives including Flexible New Deal, Working Neighbourhoods Fund, Learndirect and many ESF funded programmes. More than 100,000 job seekers have been helped into sustained employment by the company since the projects began.  It has trained 130,000 people in vocational skills, and over 175,000 people have benefitted from professional information, advice and guidance services.


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