Staff at Merthyr Tydfil’s newest pub were almost all recruited through a County Borough Council-run project to get help get long-term unemployed people back into work.
A total of 10 bar staff were taken on at The Iron Dragon after joining the local authority’s Communities for Work (C4W) and Communities for Work Plus programmes.
People signing up to the Welsh Government initiative are assigned project mentors who h364elp them access training, volunteering opportunities and work clubs.
“Implementing the principles of the Merthyr Tydfil Economic Growth Partnership, our officers co-ordinated the recruitment process using a one point of contact for the employer and potential employees,” said Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Public Protection Cllr Geraint Thomas.
“This support helped the bar managers’ transition to the town and also allowed Iron Dragon owners Amber Taverns to focus on being ready and open for business.”
Charlotte Holding, 33, had been out of work for six years since living in her native Essex. She went to the local Job Centre Plus, who put her in touch with Communities for Work Merthyr Tydfil. After receiving one to one support – advice, guidance and training – she was interviewed for the job and working there within two weeks.
“I’d done bar work before and I love it here,” she said. “The customers are a diverse mix of characters and great fun. I’m very grateful to the C4W officers for all their support in finding the job and providing training.”
Landlady Donna Molloy said she and husband Dave would have found it much tougher to employ staff without C4W. “We’d have had a lot of work to do it all on our own. C4W promoted the vacancies, sifted through all the applications and arranged the interviews.
“All the staff we’ve taken on through C4W have done really well, considering they came to us with no previous experience – we had a manic opening week and have been busy ever since!”
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