Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Youngsters' Aspirations Aid Business

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Youngsters' Aspirations Aid Business

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A new business providing a one-stop-shop for customers' design, building and decorating needs is the latest to demonstrate its practical support for the Aspire campaign.

Paul Vince, owner-manager of Newcastle-based A1 Stop Shop, has recently taken three young people into his business on placements and is intending to make their jobs permanent.

Working with a team of around 15 craftsmen and tackling projects as diverse as designing and installing kitchens for private clients to public sector landscaping contracts, Paul set up his business just nine months ago.

With the business expanding, he decided to look for extra support and approached local training provider Rathbone for a solution, dealing with their initial interviewer Wendy Chambers.

Paul is so impressed with the young men's attitudes and ability to work both with his team and with clients, that he is now working with Rathbone's training managers to assess what opportunities they can create to support the young people's further development.

This approach fits well with the aims of the business-led Aspire campaign, which was set up last year to improve the aspirations of young people across the North-East and encourage them to gain appropriate skills and qualifications to meet employers' needs.

Paul is calling on other businesses in the region to follow his example by taking a fresh look at the capabilities of the North-East's young people and inspiring them to achieve.

He said: "Every day I meet clients and suppliers who comment favourably on my three recruits and yet I regularly talk to businesses whose perceptions of young people is not always the best.

"I can understand these sentiments, but I would urge other managers to bite the bullet as I have done and give a young person a chance.

"I left school with very few qualifications, had a great career in the Army and was then extremely lucky to be given a job with a top London advertising agency. …

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