These young people are far better equipped to get jobs, and will in turn inspire others to develop the same robust practical skills which they have just learned themselves. All in all a great, joined-up system.
The RT Hon Francis Maude MP,
Minister for the Cabinet Office & Paymaster General
Our Club is unique in our eyes as it provides young people with the opportunity to gain confidence but equally to get into the routine of work. For any business, being at the heart of the community isn’t a should do, it’s a must do and we recognised that by supporting local communities we could also offer these young people an opportunity within our stores and with our company. In all organisations there are those who came into the business at an early age and progressed right through to the top. At Morrisons we have great examples of this, so by giving these individuals the opportunity to see how they can support our future workforce is vital, in order to both identify and develop future talent.
Paul Dowd, Head of Employability, WM Morrison PLC
Matthew Ashforth is a phenomenal team member and a fantastic asset to our team here at Sheffield CC Angel Street. He radiates enthusiasm and enjoys every task. He has become an extremely versatile employee working in Housekeeping, Reception, Breakfast, Dinner and Bar. Matt is an Ambassador for Premier Inn and he receives regular compliments from our guests and we are thrilled to have him as part of our team. I have no doubt that Matt has a bright future ahead of him and we have briefly spoken about future opportunities further down the line should he want to progress.
Elaine Wattam, Operations Manager, Premier Inn
When I first started at Our Club I had no confidence, I would never stand up in front of anybody. I had no focus in life and I didn't know what I wanted to do as a career. I've taken part in a number of programmes in the past, but I've achieved so much more with Our Club. Now, I know what I want to do, I have focus, and I'm looking forward to the future. After four weeks' work experience with William Hill, they offered to fast track me through to be a trainee Deputy Manager at their new store. I'm shocked!
Daniel, Our Club Delegate
The attitude of the individuals we've met on the programme has been excellent. We are really on board with giving people an opportunity even if they don't have any work experience - it's all about attitude. Our best Operative so far has been someone with no warehouse experience. It's impossible to know who has the most potential from a CV so I think the workplace element of the Our Club programme is excellent.
Rebecca Tipper, Wincanton Hr Manager
It is very obvious that everyone who has gone through the programme is now job ready and that's where the difference has come from; there has been a massive improvement in their self confidence, their awareness and responsibilities in the workplace and just their overall demeanour.
Ed Block, DWP Finance, Compliance
and Employer Engagement Manager