Dragon told to try Stoke

Try Stoke, Dragon at centre of job row urged

TV Dragon Deborah Meaden has hit the headlines with claims that she couldn’t get apprentices for her textile plant despite high youth unemployment because manual work is “uncool.”

Now Andy Greenhough, Director of Employer Engagement at Stoke-on-Trent College has urged Miss Meaden to come to Stoke on Trent.

Stoke on Trent College offers employers with a bespoke recruitment service which provides them with a stream of potential employees specifically trained to fit the bill.

“I am confident that we could quickly solve Miss Meaden’s problems,” said Mr Greenhough.

“Stoke on Trent College works with more than 20 companies, across manufacturing and service industries. We would recruit youngsters, via Job Centre Plus, interview them and give suitable candidates training on behalf of the company.

Miss Meaden says she tried for a year to get school leavers to work at Fox Brothers Mill, Wellington, Somerset.

Following a struggle, the jobs were filled by older candidates.

“Unemployment in Wellington is high but it has been really hard work to convince young people,” said Miss Meaden.

“At 16 or 17 people are still focusing on what is cool.”

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