Paul Reed from Matalan – Employer of the Month
Paul Reed works with Acacia Training and Development for 12 months now and is very pleased with the outcome. He is the Manager at Matalan in Plymouth and took on several trainees this year, all with the opportunity to continue as an apprentice or to be employed in his shop.
As a job seeker, Natasha attended a two-week motivational programme undertaken by former serving Royal Marine Commandos from the Motiv-8 South-West organisation. This 2 weeks included team activities and a presentation which boosted Natasha’s confidence.
With the help of Alison Ridgley, Placement Liaison Advisor at Acacia, Natasha got a traineeship place and was able to work with the retail and stock team at Matalan.
Paul Reed says: “The trainees are really great workers. We got people who are suitable for the job and they could develop their skills very quickly. I was delighted to offer Kayleigh Gill a job here and hope that Natasha also wants to stay with us. This job trial is a great opportunity for us to see if the trainee likes it and if we can employ them afterwards. We would like to offer more young people job opportunities in Plymouth and with the traineeship programme from Acacia we can do that in the future.”
Acacia Training and Development has therefore awarded Paul Reed from Matalan with the ‘Employer of the Month’ Award for December 2015.
Picture: Paul Reed, Natasha Churchill