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Cleaning company sets shining example

Published 26th March, 2012 by Neil Nixon

Cleaning company sets shining example

The manager of a support services company responsible for keeping the new Sainsbury’s store in Irvine pristine has given bright futures to 15 previously unemployed local people, having enlisted the help of Ingeus, the company responsible for finding him work back in 2010.

Paul Edgar, a site manager for contract cleaner Interserve, turned to local work programme provider Ingeus having had first-hand experience of being unemployed. After a management career in IT ended, and while recovering from throat cancer, Edgar was out of work for over a year.

Supported by Ingeus, he began work for Interserve 18 months ago and hasn’t looked back since. He is a manager at the company, which maintains 275 Sainsbury’s across the UK, and was responsible for recruiting the cleaning crew for the new £20 million Irvine superstore - Sainsbury’s 1000th UK store.

“Having been in the situation myself, I knew Ingeus could provide motivated, experienced applicants,” said Edgar. “Interserve recognises the need to give real career opportunities to local, unemployed people and Ingeus provided quality candidates suited to our vacancies, all free of charge. I can certainly recommend working with Ingeus, both as a jobseeker and now as an employer.”

Ingeus delivers the government’s ‘work programme’ across Scotland. It offers a free service to employers, providing unemployed applicants for vacancies. By fully understanding an employer’s requirements, only appropriate clients are put forward, saving valuable time and money. Having helped recruit almost 30 staff for Interserve at other stores across Ayrshire, Ingeus was able to provide a manageable number of applicants at short notice to fill the Irvine vacancies.

Ingeus’ Michelle Magee not only suggested appropriate clients to interview, but held information sessions to provide more information on the jobs, following up with briefings to all those who were successful. The entire cleaning team was recruited via Ingeus, including supervisory positions.

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