Leading container refurbishment and repair specialist, UK Container Maintenance has partnered with Jobcentre Plus and recruitment company, Momentum to support unemployed people living in the local community.
The initiative trained local, unemployed people in the skill of welding, to re-introduce the profession as a career choice for the younger generation and plug a skill shortage in the industry.
The course provided candidates with classroom-based teaching and hands on experience, which took place at the UKCM warehouse in Winsford.
Liz Wolstenholme, UKCM Operations Directorexplained, “The scheme provided people with the opportunity to learn new skills, and achieve a nationally recognised accreditation, to support their employment in the future. Some of the successful candidates have also joined our team here at our Winsford site, which just proves the success of the initiative and the commitment of the candidates.”
UKCM Factory Director, Ben Clarke commented, “We are delighted to have welcomed two of the trainees to the team, both of which have accepted permanent, full-time positions within the company.”
Megan Rosney from Jobcentre Plus said “We’re delighted for UKCM and our local jobseekers who have secured employment following this workshop. Jobcentre Plus supports thousands of local jobseekers every day to get into work and reach their full potential.”
Tom Winbow, Business Development manager at Momentum, commented “As people continue to favour other career paths, the demand for welders has steadily increased year on year, creating a skill shortage. This partnership has allowed us to train people for an industry that is looking to recruit, helping people get back into work.”
UKCM, the UK’s largest family owned container repair and refurbishment company now turns over £6million per annum and employs more than 60 people. Dedicated to the refurbishment of all types of waste and recycling containers UKCM works across the country offering waste companies and local authorities mobile repairs, as well as factory-based services.