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Cleaning company expansion creates jobs

Published 10th August, 2016 by Neil Nixon

Cleaning company expansion creates jobs

A team of 12 previously long-term unemployed workers are now embarking on new careers thanks to the expansion of a West Lothian commercial cleaning company.

Capital Cleaning Service partnered with employment specialist Ingeus in Livingston to give fresh starts to a dozen local unemployed jobseekers at one of its client's new distribution centres. The employees are now busy working as part of a cleaning team keeping the warehouse, chilled units, and staff areas clean and tidy.

The privately run firm, which operates across the central belt of Scotland, prides itself on giving opportunities to local unemployed people and called on Ingeus's services when looking for staff for its latest contract win. With a talented pool of work-ready, enthusiastic jobseekers at hand, Ingeus was able to prepare candidates, set up interviews at its Almondview Business Park offices, and quickly provide a crack cleaning team for Capital Cleaning's owner, Moreland McDiarmid.

He said: “Enthusiasm and aptitude for our work is much more important than direct experience and I have been hugely impressed with the calibre of people Ingeus has encouraged to apply. I needed to recruit quickly and effectively and Ingeus saved me valuable time, expense and hassle. We have just moved premises so using the Ingeus offices for interviews and then a team induction day was great and really helped our new recruits get to know each other and build their confidence.”

One of Moreland's new recruits, Robert Reid, is now relishing his first ever permanent job. Despite a string of work experience placements and voluntary work over the past three years, Reid had been unable to find permanent work since leaving college in 2013. With the support of specialist employment advisor Lisa Efe from Ingeus, Reid brushed up his skills and now couldn't be happier with his full time contract. “Ingeus helped me write a strong CV and practice my interview skills,” he said. “They also offer lots of health support so I've had help with stress, asserting myself and general fitness. I love my new job, helping to keep the distribution centre clean and tidy. I've met new friends and it's made me much more confident and happy.”

Moreland McDiarmid said: “We've recruited some really reliable, hardworking and genuine workers like Robert who are receiving lots of good comments from our client, whose premises they're keeping spick and span. The people who work for me are vital in maintaining and growing the relationships we have with our clients and I'll certainly be returning to Ingeus as we hopefully expand further in the future.”

Photo shows: Left to right: Capital Cleaning's owner, Moreland McDiarmid, with Ingeus employment advisor Lisa Efe and new recruit Robert Reid.

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