A group of young adults who are unemployed have been supported in their quest to find a job by Sainsbury’s in Scarborough and local businessman Nick Zakrzewski.
The ten young adults, who are aged between 19 and 22, have been provided with a uniform by the supermarket and Mr Zakrzewski which they will wear in their day-to-day routine at the centre for Business Support & Development.
The uniform will help them achieve a sense of team work and identity in their daily routine at the support and development centre where they are being helped to prepare for jobs in areas like engineering, hospitality and catering.
The support they receive there includes help with English and Maths, help with interview techniques as well as help with other areas of their lives, including sorting out benefit payments.
Support centre manager Laura Teanby, said: “We aim to meet the specific needs of each individual and we won’t stop contact with them until we have achieved a positive outcome.
“Some of the trainees have said their lives have been turned around and that they’ve come out of depression as a result of the support we’ve given them.”
The centre, on Lower Clark Street, is an not-for-profit organisation funded by Learn Direct.
It helps adults between the ages of 19 and 25 who have few qualifications.
Some of the adults have been homeless and others have had mental health issues.
Mr Zakrzewski runs The Classic Image Company which sells novelty and humorous items on the website theclassicimagecompany.com.
Sainsburys is also one of the local businesses offering work placements to some of the trainees.
For more information about the Business Support & Development centre visit www.b-sd.co.uk .