Jobs campaign proves popular

A4E clients are back l-r Edwin Arman, 39, of Doncaster, Michael Grantham, 44, of Dunsville, and Robert Ponsford, 46, of Balby. Front l-r Carrie Williams, 25, of Hatfield, and Michael Kopsel, 60, of Bennetthorpe.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2943LM

A4E clients are back l-r Edwin Arman, 39, of Doncaster, Michael Grantham, 44, of Dunsville, and Robert Ponsford, 46, of Balby. Front l-r Carrie Williams, 25, of Hatfield, and Michael Kopsel, 60, of Bennetthorpe. Picture: Liz Mockler D2943LM

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THE Free Press’ campaign to get Doncaster working has got off to a great start with interview offers coming in within hours of the our paper hitting the shelves.

We have teamed up with training advisors A4E to get job interviews for Robert Ponsford, Michael Grantham, Carrie Williams, Edwin Arman and Michael Kopsel - all highly skilled and desperate to work. It is hoped the quartet will get back on the employment ladder.

And following last week’s launch, the Free Press has been approached by Gazette Newspapers asking 25-year-old mum-of-one Miss Williams for a job interview in media sales.

Dionne Wilson, a director at the Doncaster-based firm, said: “When we saw the article, we wanted to get involved.

“We thought Carrie would suit the position, particularly with her media studies qualification.”

Another of our group, qualified accountant Mr Grantham, 44, told us: “Since the Free Press came out I have had renewed interest from several agencies.

“I have also had my CV put forward to a few potential employers and hope to hear more within the next two weeks. It’s increased my motivation and made me feel much more positive.”

Consultant Kirsty Rigg also tweeted us to say she had training spaces available at her ‘Pampered Chef’ interactive cooking show business.

Andrew Hunsley, business leader at A4e Doncaster, said: “We are thrilled the campaign has given some of our customers a platform to shout about their skills to employers. It has been a massive boost to the customers who were featured - and to our staff, who are dedicated to helping them find sustainable jobs.

“The Doncaster Free Press campaign demonstrates the true value of regional newspapers - by showing a commitment to helping people in their community and uniting its readers to help each other.”

For more on our campaign and how you can get involved, see this week’s Doncaster Free Press.