Our Fab Feature in the Yorkshire Post

The Bayford Foundation, June Forsyth

Brittany Taylor, June Forsyth & Chantelle Robinson

We’re over the moon after our pioneering foundation which is creating dozens of telesales jobs in the short term – and hundreds of long-term job opportunities – has been prominently profiled this week in the Yorkshire Post.

Feature writer Chris Bond came to meet us at our offices in Hunslet to find out what our training programmes involve at the Bayford Foundation.

Following a storming start with our first bootcamp in August we have since taken on 10 new starters full time. Our third bootcamp is currently underway with trainees learning the fuel business and how to boost their confidence with a ‘can do’ attitude, communicate better – and expand their capacity to retain knowledge.

Leader of the Bayford Foundation June Forsyth told the Yorkshire Post: “The aim of the foundation is to bring people in who wouldn’t normally come into our working environment, either because they think this job is something they’d never be considered for, or because they don’t have the experience.”

Our goal is to put back into our local communities – paying our trainees whilst they undergo our alternative training programmes. In previous bootcamps we have used yoga, boxing and voice training to energise and motivate recruits along the way.

One of our trainee graduates Brittany Taylor from Rothwell, near Leeds, left school with no qualifications and was out of work for 18 months before she earned a place on the training programme.

Brittany told the Yorkshire Post:“I went for anything and everything, shop work or cleaning jobs. It was really hard; it’s degrading to think that you can’t get a job.”  Since graduating to a full time role at BE Fuel Cards it’s given me a new goal, I’ve knocked down some barriers. I don’t remember the person I used to be and I’m a lot more confident now. It feels like my life starts here.”

Chantelle, a mother of two from Hunslet who is currently part of the third bootcamp told Chris Bond: “I worked in a chippy, I did cleaning jobs and worked behind a bar but I’ve never done anything like this. It’s been hard work but I think I’m doing ok. I’m 30 years old, I don’t have any qualifications, the only thing I know how is being a mum, so for me it’s not make or break but I want to make my family proud.”

You can read the full feature in the Yorkshire Post here: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/features/boot-camp-for-jobseekers-1-6419180

For more information on the opportunities available, visit http://www.bayfordfoundation.co.uk or call 0113 202 5129.

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