First success for jobs experience scheme

A NEW work experience scheme that could be rolled out nationally has seen its first participant pass through successfully.

The unnamed scheme, devised by two businessmen in Kings Langley, is designed to give jobseekers the chance to garner experience from a number of small businesses in one placement.

This involves doing two-day placements at five businesses over a two-week period.

Jeff Folkins of delicatessen and wine merchant Dalling & Co and Richard Smith, owner of the Langley Butcher, thought up the scheme and presented the idea to Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning, who loved the idea and introduced it to employment minister Chris Grayling.

The first participant, a 19-year-old man from Watford, has successfully carried out placements at the Langley Butchers, Classic Autos, A&C Tadman Funeral Directors, KJT Plastics, and Dalling & Co.

He also asked to do an additional two days at Profile hairdressers.

Jeff said: “He was great, and the two weeks went really well.

“We really have to help young people like this and I’m so pleased that the first run was a success.

“He has had the opportunity to get loads of experience, and I think we have also had the chance to learn from him.”

MP Mike Penning said: “I think it’s a great idea and I’m pleased to see it in practice.

“It’s really good to see a village coming together to lend a hand in tackling a major problem.

“It’s a great example of a community saying: ‘How can we help?’ and now we have this great scheme where a person can get so much experience in such a short space of time.”

A debriefing session is taking place this morning.