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Jobs4everyone 'First' success story!

Jobs4everyone 'First' success story!

First Group have just appointed two bus drivers using Sheffield based Jobs4everyone. Trevor Cocking, 43, from Beighton and Sam Doyle, 21 from Kimberworth.

Trevor had been working in the construction industry but had recently been made unemployed after the completion of the Olympic Park.

Trevor had never even thought about becoming a bus driver until he was contacted by Peter Holmes as a prime contender for the role after having his profile recommended to him by the jobs4everyone website even though Trevor was not directly looking for a job as a bus driver.

Both Sam and Trevor had only been on the website for a couple of weeks when they were contacted by First Group and invited down for an & lsquo;open-day taster’.

Trevor said about the First team, “They are a brilliant group, from the managers to the instructors they’re great company and I’m loving the training. I can’t wait to get on the road for real!”

Sam has a passion for driving with a history of bus drivers throughout his family and friends and has been really impressed with the jobs4everyone service saying, “It was very easy to use and I loved way it sent me job alerts with recommended”.

Trevor said that although he had never thought about being a Bus Driver in the past it was being invited down to the open session and meeting the team that really sold it for him.

Peter Holmes, Depot Operations Manager for First based at Rotherham said "We're delighted to be working in partnership with Richard (Downs, Managing Director) at Jobs4everyone, we chose them because they are a Social Enterprise with strong community links. The process was very simple and we were able to identify prospective candidates easily from their profiles. During our recent Driver recruitment campaign 4 out of 5 successful candidates have come via Jobs4everyone."

Peter also commented that he “..has been so impressed by the enthusiasm of the recruits.”

First's vision of 'Better Journey's for Life' which includes working with partners, supporting communities, developing people in order to ultimately serve customers is the same vision that Richard Downs, Managing Director has for Jobs4everyone "It is good to work with another business with the same culture and goals as it means we better understand each other and can build on this going forward."

With unemployment rising by 25,000 in the Yorkshire and Humber region for April to June this year, in the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics, despite a nationwide fall, it's the perfect time for Jobs4everyone who have just upgraded their service to help both job hunters and providers.

Jobs4everyone has developed excellent working relationships with the Jobcentre Plus, National Careers Service and other Welfare to Work providers to help provide greater access to the full range of employment services such as wage incentives schemes for employers, apprenticeships, training courses, work experience, volunteering right down to hints and tips such as cv writing, interview technique etc.

Richard who after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University founded the company in 2008 now employs 5 people as his quest to restore local communities builds. Richard said "We intend to re-invest a percentage of the profits we make back into local communities to help with regeneration and development in order to enhance and enrich the lives of local people. Some examples of the types of projects we aim to support include, building a kids play area, a new minibus for a care home or equipment for a youth centre."

"We look to bring together those who are looking for jobs with those who have jobs to fill. We do this by providing an outlet for employers, recruiters and welfare providers to advertise their vacancies in a more effective way and at a more manageable cost." said Richard. "We offer one free job post a month service aimed at the smaller business or infrequent recruiter to help reduce the cost of recruiting and reduce the percentage of unadvertised jobs from 80%."

"It's great to meet a social enterprise that shares the same passion and drive to make a difference to society. At their very core Jobs4Everyone works for individuals and communities and this is reflected in the service they provide. We wish them all the best in all that they're doing and looking forward to seeing them grow into a household name." said Nigel Kershaw OBE, Big Issue. 

As a social enterprise the company's role is not to take over what other people are already doing, "but enable others to carry out their services and roles with more efficiency for the benefit of everyone, not just ourselves." said Richard.


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