Supermarket giant gives homeless job seekers a boost
Published by Porchlight for Porchlight in Communities and also in Housing
Homeless people being supported by leading charity Porchlight have been given the chance to gain work experience thanks to a special programme being piloted at ASDA in Broadstairs, Kent.
Seven people, currently staying in the charity’s supported accommodation projects around the county, spent a day at the store where they had the chance to work on the shop floor and received valuable interview and job seeking advice from the ASDA Community Life Team.
Store Manager, David Jones, said: “We wanted people to come away from the day feeling confident about searching for employment. It was a pleasure to be able to offer such a unique opportunity to people who have experienced difficult times in their lives. I was immensely impressed with everyone who came along. This the first time that ASDA has done anything like this and after such a positive experience we will definitely be doing it again.”
One of the attendees, 22-year-old Aaron Borda, impressed so much that he has been offered the chance to assist with the Community Life Team for a week: “The whole day was exhilarating and I’m grateful for such an amazing opportunity. I have been searching for work for 6 months now so hopefully this will help my CV to stand out.”
Mark Pinkney is the charity’s Employment Coordinator: “I can’t thank ASDA enough for giving our service users a taste of real working life. We are fully committed to helping homeless people compete in the job market and the support of local businesses can make the aspiration to work a reality.”