Richard Harrington, MP for Watford, has praised Watford-based telco Direct Save Telecom for its commitment to helping people back into work, and hiring from the local community.
Mr. Harrington visited Direct Save’s main offices in Carpenders Park, Watford, to see first-hand how local people are being given the opportunity to get back into full-time employment.
Direct Save Telecom launched its unemployment scheme, which was inspired by the government’s Work Programme, earlier this year. The telco also recently started a youth initiative focused on giving young people a chance to get a first-foot on the career ladder and come off benefits. Direct Save gives the young unemployed, who may never have had a job before, the chance to learn new skills and gain invaluable experience. All positions are full-time and paid well above the minimum wage with excellent commission bonuses on top of this.
Unlike other businesses in the Watford area, Direct Save Telecom guarantees an interview to all who apply no matter their circumstances.
In April, 2013, Direct Save announced that it would create 120 full time jobs at its Watford headquarters over the next 12 months. This program is on target and 10 full-time openings are currently available with immediate starts.
Whilst visiting Direct Save’s headquarters, Mr Harrington has vowed to continue to tackle unemployment in the area and help people back into work with the support of local businesses and through initiatives such as his Jobs Fairs.
“With the help of local businesses, and the local community, my aim is to see at least 1,000 new jobs created in the Watford area over the next year– and the positions offered by Direct Save Telecom are a great start,” says Harrington.
“You can see why Direct Save Telecom is growing so quickly. The work it is doing in the local community is excellent; it really is great to see local companies doing well and hiring local people. Often people just need an opportunity and I’m delighted that we are seeing this in action in Watford.”
The latest figures supplied by the Office of National Statistics shows that unemployment has now fallen in Watford for the sixth consecutive month, and is currently at its lowest since March 2009. Youth unemployment has also fallen significantly and is at its lowest levels since 2008.