Since its launch three-and-a-half years ago, The Employability Trust, has given paid employment to 71 people.
The trust itself employs eight full time staff including two warehousing apprentices.
Melissa Hammond was the trust’s first candidate and has just taken on a new supervisor position at Castle Eden Brewery.
During her time with the charity, Melissa achieved a level 2 apprenticeship in warehousing and became an RTITB fork lift operator. She has also been hailed as “the face of The Employability Trust”, after featuring on promotional material and representing the organisation at events.
Bill Marley, who founded The Employability Trust, said: “95 per cent of the candidates that have completed our Destination Employment programme have successfully achieved sustainable employment in the past year.
“We’re delighted for Melissa – she has been an in invaluable team member and mentor to our work experience candidates and will be sorely missed.”
The trust has helped other candidates find work with local firms including BHK, NSK and Decorpanel.