Composite door pioneers, Solidor, have partnered up with JET Business to help get the unemployed in North Staffordshire trained and back to work. In the last 6 months the company has taken 10 people on board full time, through the innovative scheme.
JET stands for Jobs, Employment and Training and is run by North Staffordshire Regeneration Partnership, which is aimed at regenerating the local economy by finding suitable employment for people who are out of work and claiming benefits. JET has also adopted the SPEAR (Supporting People Back Into Employment with the Army Reserve) campaign.
Given the loss of key industries from the North Staffordshire region, including the ceramics and pottery trades, the JET programme is fundamental in helping to get the unemployed retrained and back to work. Solidor have embraced the project right from the outset, offering both a number of placements and indeed full time positions as they continue to grow rapidly.
The intensive four week SPEAR course is designed to increase skills, confidence and ultimately to boost the chances of finding work for the unemployed of North Staffordshire. While they are encouraged to join the army reserve, it is not compulsory. Weeks one and two took them to Army Reserve units across the region to learn work place skills, such as team building and health and safety, in a military environment. This was followed by a two-week work placement at Solidor, arranged by JET.
Paul Adlington, Solidor’s production manager commented: ‘This has been a hugely rewarding programme for both us as a responsible employer and for the people that we have offered full time positions to. We will continue to work closely with JET to help get the local labour force trained and re-skilled.’