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Helping hand for the long-term unemployed
Article date: 02 Jan 2013

Pub manager Andrew Warrender is helping to give long-term unemployed young people opportunities for work.

Andrew, who runs The Turnhouse, at Edinburgh Airport, works closely with the local Job Centre Plus, which has a special unit specifically for the airport, to offer work-experience-programme places at his pub.

Over the past year, Andrew has taken on 20 work experience candidates, aged 18 to 25, hiring four at the pub, two of whom are still working at The Turnhouse.

Andrew said: “The work experience programme, a government scheme, has been a great success at The Turnhouse, for our business and for the individuals.

“They all spend a four-week spell with us and have the benefit of Wetherspoon’s training, including customer service, cleanliness and hygiene, working in a floor associate role.

“It is a front-of-house job, meeting and greeting and keeping the dining area clean and tidy, as well as answering customers’ queries. For a lot of them, it is their first experience in the work place.

“We offer relevant experience, for those looking for a career in the hospitality sector, and try to break the vicious circle of employers looking only for those candidates with experience – and candidates unable to gain experience without a job.

“Wherever possible, we try to offer a role; however, if there is nothing available, these young people are able to apply for another job in the industry, having had some experience. They often leave us and go on to employment, with a reference from Wetherspoon.”

Andrew is pictured (right) with work experience trainees (left to right) Mark Smith, Debra Alexander and Jamie MacDonald. Debra has gone on to apply for hospitality roles elsewhere, while Mark and Jamie are now both bar associates at The Turnhouse.

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