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Partnership helps hundreds Leap into work

McDonald'sAn innovative partnership has helped more than 300 unemployed people into work across the North East.


The Leap initiative, funded by the Skills Funding Agency and delivered in partnership by Working Links and Darlington College, has been giving people the skills they need to enter the workplace in Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Sunderland, Hartlepool Darlington and Bishop Auckland.


The project sees unemployed people undertaking tailored training courses specifically for vacancies at local companies. Businesses involved in the project include Tesco, Sainsbury’s, The Student Loans Company and McDonald’s.


So far, more than 40 previously unemployed people have found work at McDonald’s restaurants across the North East, with new recruit Elaine Hall being the 300th success of the Leap project.


Elaine, 40, of Middlesbrough, said: “I was out of work for just over a year. It’s very disheartening when you think you’re right for a position but don’t get it. But McDonald’s gave us all a two-week work trial, which gave us the chance to prove ourselves over a specific period.


“It’s going great. Everyone’s so friendly and it’s great to be back in work again.”


Karen Swales, Business Manager at McDonald’s, said: “The two weeks work trial gives new employees the chance to see what the job is all about and also gives us the chance to see if they will be a good fit for the role.”


Owen Peterson, Working Links Performance Manager, said: “The project is proving a great success. It’s important that people are trained up with the skills and attributes that employers require, meaning new recruits hit the ground running. Partnering with local businesses will continue to help hundreds more get back to the workplace over the coming months.”


Businesses interested in finding out more about the help available for retraining and recruiting new staff can call Working Links on 0800 917 9262.