Three participants on a course provided by Eastleigh College have started a new career path with Selco Builders Warehouse thanks to a partnership.
Selco has created 50 jobs in the city with the opening of a new branch in Northarbour Road in Portsmouth, which is due to open for trading in September.
Three of the vacancies have been filled by candidates attending an employability and customer service course at the college, who work with Portsmouth and Cosham job centre.
Selco was given the opportunity to work with a group of students from Eastleigh College on the work-based academy course. Students were invited to spend a week within the branch and were guaranteed an interview on completion of the course.
Branch manager, Rob Thorpe said: “Recruiting nearly a third of the participants from the course is a fantastic achievement. It’s a testament to the college that they are helping people to find work in the area.
“We are very proud to be bringing jobs to the building and construction industry in Portsmouth and being part of this initative. We are impressed with the way each of the new starters has settled into their jobs at Selco Portmouth.”
Emma Yorwerth, head of business department and ESF at Eastleigh College said: “Companies are key to unlocking the potential that is present in every student – the students need access to industry experiences in order to prepare them for the opportunities, experiences and challenges that the future world of work has to offer.”