Local Tayside people employed by Allstar Joinery, through the government’s Work Programme, helped to transform the old Tay Hotel into the boutique hotel, Malmaison Dundee. The Work Programme, which provides support, training and job opportunities to assist people in receipt of benefits back into work, is delivered by Triage who were able to provide over 30 people to Allstar Joinery.

The company’s managing director, Robert Hoey, was impressed by the quality of the candidates and their contribution to the project. “It was a big job and we needed everything from labourers, joiners, electricians to painters and plumbers. I was keen to help people who had been unemployed back into work if we could, and Triage found a lot of people we were looking for a short notice. On occasions when we had to push ahead quickly with work and were looking for help we just called Triage up and the guys were there the next morning, which really helped us to stay on schedule.”

Sheena Hargreaves, the recruitment co-ordinator at Triage who assisted Allstars with the project says the successful partnership demonstrated how local people could use the professional recruitment advice, employability skills and career guidance available through the Work Programme to regain their confidence, get a job and keep it.

“It was a very prestigious building project and it was fantastic that so many local people had the chance to work on it. It’s all about building partnerships with employers and supporting both them and the people they recruit once they have moved into work. We want employers to be fully aware of the package of support on offer between the Department of Work and Pensions and organisations like Triage, and the fact it can make a real impact on their business and the lives of the people they recruit. It really is a win-win for all concerned.”

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