06 JUL 2017

'Go Train'

Kent Messenger Column - 06-07-17

There are more people now in work than ever before, unemployment has remained at its lowest rate for eleven years, women in employment has reached a record rate and youth unemployment is at its lowest level since 2005. However there is still much to do...

One of my own enduring pledges for Maidstone & The Weald has been to promote local businesses and to help create jobs and apprenticeships. Last week, toward that ongoing mission, I had the pleasure of visiting the Maidstone branch of a truly vibrant organisation who are making a difference worthy of note.

'Go Train' help people to overcome their own personal barriers into work through training, personal guidance and supported job searches. I met one trainee who was getting her basic maths up to scratch, and another who was a lovely Maidstone mum wanting to build-up her self-confidence after a break.

It was patently obvious during my visit that the positive vibe and brimming 'Can Do' mentality of the trainers washes across by the gallon to their trainees, which is a big factor in the success of the organisation. Another special aspect of Go Train's approach is that they work with, and are responsive to, the needs of local businesses seeking suitably equipped people.

Whist TK Maxx and The Range are among their larger clients, CEO Steven Wines told me that the company was still relatively unknown and was looking for more employers from small and medium enterprises to add to their roster.

Speaking as an employer I've met many interviewees with potential who could have progressed much more quickly with a little targeted guidance and vocational training. Work seekers and employers go to www.go-train.co.uk/contact for more.

(P.S. Don't forget to visit the Kent County Show this weekend - I'll be there on Friday 7th July!)

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