A six month job at a Northallerton gallery part funded through a district council employment scheme has paid dividends for 23-year-old Lauren O’Neil.
She has been offered a permanent job at the Joe Cornish Gallery – as publishing manager.
Hambleton District Council – in collaboration with Job Centre Plus – launched its “Wage Subsidy” scheme in September 2012.
It gave small businesses the chance to recruit additional staff by creating new jobs without the administration and training commitment involved in taking on an apprentice.
The scheme helped with recruitment, pre-employment training and offered a three week work placement trial for successful candidates.
And the authority provided 50 per cent of the wage cost for six months.
Lauren joined Joe Cornish in December 2012.
Gallery director Joni Essex said:
“We saw this scheme as an excellent way of trying out the new employee.
“It relieved the problem of wanting or expecting the new recruit to become fully up to speed very quickly.
“Assisted by the subsidy, we had the time to find Lauren’s skills, and were able to better tailor the job to her.
“We are delighted to now have Lauren as a permanent member of our team. The experience has given her financial security, life experience, and knowledge – all of which has helped her to develop her skills and will allow her to save for the future.”
The Hambleton scheme is now closed but details of the DWP’s Wage Incentive Scheme can be found at www.gov.uk or from Kath Milner at Northallerton Jobcentre on 01609 852233.