Jolly’s Hotel in Broughty Ferry has recruited 26 new members of staff, all graduates of the government-backed Work Programme. The majority of the 26 recruits were long-term unemployed people who now have full-time or part-time jobs.
Claudia Salvona from Triage says she used a slightly different system of recruitment which benefited both Wetherspoon and the clients. “Many people applying for jobs find the on-line application system quite off-putting so we discussed this with the manager of Jolly’s Hotel, Chris Bankier, who agreed to meet potential candidates in person before they completed an on-line application. This worked extremely well for our clients as it’s often difficult to put your personality across on paper, particularly if you’ve been long-term unemployed. Once Chris had met face-to-face with our clients he was more inclined to give them and chance.”
Chris Bankier says that although Jolly’s is owned by national company J D Wetherspoon, he was keen to employ local people. “We found that having the chance to meet with people in the first instance and put a face to a name made a big difference when it came to assessing the on-line applications. It’s a bonus to be able to take on good local staff and know that at the same time we are making a different to tackling long-term unemployment.”
Claudia added that she has used this method of recruiting with a number of big companies in Dundee with great success. “We want employers to be fully aware of the skills and qualities of candidates as well as the intensive tailored package of support on offer and how this can make a real impact on their business and the lives of the people they recruit.”