VIDEO: Getting people back into work with new job scheme

A scheme aimed at matching businesses with relevant employees is offering hope for unemployed people.

The initiative has seen a dozen students spending two weeks with Kettering haulage firm Knights of Old, where they are working towards a logistics qualification.

New Recruits :Kettering:  Knights of Old new recruits for Job Broker service provided by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership 'Success stories l-r Rebecca Emerson (Knights of Old HR Advisor) Ian Merritt and Ian Walton (now have jobs at Knights of Old after being on the previous scheme), Jo Stewart (Job Broker for NEP) 'Tuesday 13th August 2013

New Recruits :Kettering: Knights of Old new recruits for Job Broker service provided by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership 'Success stories l-r Rebecca Emerson (Knights of Old HR Advisor) Ian Merritt and Ian Walton (now have jobs at Knights of Old after being on the previous scheme), Jo Stewart (Job Broker for NEP) 'Tuesday 13th August 2013

While there, the students met two Knights of Old workers, Ian Merritt and Ian Walton, who landed jobs after taking part in last year’s scheme.

At the end of the two-week programme, the intake have a guaranteed interview and successful candidates are offered a job.

The initiative is a collaboration between the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership’s Job Broker service and a number of key partners.

Jo Stewart, job broker for NEP, said: “The logistics sector is important to the county and this progressive, sector-based approach has been highly successful.

“We are actively looking to expand this scheme to other sectors.”

Nick Bithell, human resources manager at Knights of Old, said: “We were delighted to work with NEP.

“It has saved us valuable time and trained candidates in the skills they needed.”

Ben Knight, 22, from Burton Latimer, is one of those on the Knights of Old course.

He said: “The course has been quite challenging but it’s hopefully got me started on getting a job here. I’m hoping to become a class 2 driver.”