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Aviation graduate Peter becomes retail high flier thanks to work placement scheme with Quality Save in Stretford Mall
12:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
A YOUNG man who spent a year looking for a job after leaving college with an aviation qualification has now taken off in a retail career, thanks to a highly successful work placement scheme.
Peter Moore’s future potential was spotted when he was on an eight-week placement with Quality Save in Stretford Mall and his manager predicts he could easily go on to become a real high flier with the company.
Quality Save prides itself on providing work placements which are aimed at giving people a solid grounding in the world of retail in general and the company in particular, with participants often finding themselves with a permanent job at the end of it.
Stretford Mall store manager Jon Taafe has been in charge for six months and out of the five people he has already mentored through the scheme, three of the participants have become permanent employees with the company.
Jon said: “It’s an eight-week training course which takes in all aspects of the business including customer service, merchandising and stock control. It also covers health and safety and the processes and procedures of Quality Save.
“It is designed to develop people who have never been in retail before, or have been in, left and want to come back.
“The people who benefit from it are usually sent to us by Stretford Jobcentre, with whom we liaise closely.
“At the end of the eight weeks, depending how well they do on it and if they want to join us, we try to offer people from the course a permanent job. That can either be at this store or at one of our other branches in the North West.
“If we don’t have any physical vacancies at a particular time we keep their details on file for when something comes up with Quality Save in the future.
“We currently have three people with us who were previously on one of the courses.
“Obviously, we would prefer people whose potential we spot to stay with us but they can go on to work elsewhere in the retail sector.”
Jon added: “As a company our work placement scheme is something we take very seriously and in the past few years it has given many people an opportunity of working in retail they wouldn’t have had otherwise.
“The training courses we run can have anything from three to eight people on each one and people taking part are guided through the various aspects of the business by ‘buddies’, who are managers like myself.
“These structured training packages work very well for the company and individuals who come on them and I am glad to be involved in the process.”
One of the Quality Save scheme’s latest success stories is Peter Moore, 19, who came to the Stretford Mall store at the end of January and showed such potential that he was given a permanent part-time job shortly afterwards.
His colleague Chris Stockdale, who was on the placement at the same time as Peter, has also been rewarded with a permanent position.
Peter, who lives in Urmston, said: “I studied for a BTEC diploma in aviation operations at South Trafford College but when I left about a year ago I really struggled to find a job.
“Through the local Jobcentre I found out about the work placement scheme at Quality Save and thought it sounded interesting.
“I started on the scheme at the Stretford Mall store and really enjoyed looking at the various aspects of the retail business. I certainly learned a lot.
“A few weeks after I finished the course the store contacted me to say there was a part-time vacancy and asked me if I’d like it.
“I started in April and now I do about 16 to 20 hours a week depending on when I’m needed. I’m enjoying working here and plan to stay for a while.”
He added: “I think the work placement is very good and helped me to get a permanent job.
“Without it I think I would still be finding it difficult to find work and I’d certainly recommend it to other people in the same position as I was in.
“With my aviation qualification I’d originally planned to work towards becoming a pilot but I’m now tending to think about becoming cabin crew.
“However, I’ve no plans to move on from Quality Save at the moment because I really like it here.”
Store manager Jon Taafe said: “Peter was one of the people who did well on the work placement scheme.
“He showed promise and could easily go on to become a real high flier in retail.”
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