Bulky Bob’s –who provide a free collection service of bulky items for Liverpool residents – is growing.
They have recruited seven previously unemployed local people to join their team in collection furniture from households across the city.
The new recruits will be working towards a range of qualifications, including an LGV Class II or Car Licence, Fork Lift Truck Licence and Certificates in Manual Handling, Health and Safety, First Aid and Equal Opportunities.
Each of the seven successful applicants had previously volunteered at Bulky Bob’s through their ‘Launch Pad’ work experience programme. Launch Pad gives people the opportunity to gain work experience and skills, in a supportive environment, with a dedicated co-ordinator, who is there to support and encourage them, and to help them to achieve their personal goals.
Launch Pad Co-ordinator, Shirley Spofforth, said “I am thrilled that we have been able to offer employment to local people who are committed to changing their future by working hard and training hard. This is a fantastic opportunity for people to gain skills and qualifications, in a professional environment, that will be of massive benefit to their future.”
Councillor Nick Small, City Council cabinet member for employment, enterprise and skills, said: “I am very pleased that local people have been given the opportunity to get worthwhile jobs and gain qualifications. Not only is it great for them but the work they do provides a first-rate service for Liverpool people.”
Since the start of their contract the team have already achieved 30 vocational qualifications, with many more to follow.