This summer Friars Pride worked with Acacia Training and Development offering young people who had fallen from the education ladder and struggling to find a pathway into employment a traineeship within our operations team. The traineeship offers valuable work experience and the opportunity to gain certificates in first aid, manual handling and COSHH to name a few.
Caleb McDonald, Henry Jones, Reece Wreford and Ashley Cole all started the traineeship at the end of June 2017. Committing their time to unpaid work experience and courses showed real character and determination to improve their chances of securing a job at a later stage by strengthening their CVs.
All 4 of the young men were involved in the day to day functions of warehouse work. Duties included picking orders, goods in, checking orders, serving customers at the counter and stock rotation.
Plymouth Depot Manager, Daniel Sanders said, “We took 4 young men on at the end of June that were quiet, shy and very reserved and by the end of the traineeship we were very privileged to have 4 men who were confident, outspoken and a valuable asset to our operations team. We were never once let down by any of the boys; they worked extremely hard and showed a real drive and determination to secure an apprenticeship with Friars Pride. Personally it was a very rewarding scheme we led and just showed that there are lots of people out there that are just looking for that opportunity to prove themselves”
At the end of the traineeship, end of September 2017, 2 of the 4 were offered a 1 year apprenticeship with Friars Pride working alongside City College in Plymouth. Based on successful completion of the apprenticeship then both Reece Wreford and Caleb McDonald will be offered a full time position and a career with Friars Pride.
Looking to continually invest into our team Caleb and Reece will be completing fork lift license courses and we will also look to put them through their HGV test as time progresses.