100th job success for Grangetown Hub

Alan Gray at the new MGT plant at Teesport where he works. Photograph: Stuart Boulton.

The award-winning Grangetown Training and Employment Hub has reached the milestone of helping 100 Grangetown residents find work.

Unemployed since May this year, 52-year-old Alan Gray’s future looked bleak.

But thanks to the advice and support he received from the Hub, including skills training and CV writing, Alan has a new job with Bentall Rowlands assisting the building of the silos at the under-construction MGT Power Plant.

As the 100th successful Grangetown-based job seeker the Hub has helped, Alan is full of praise for the team.

“I felt like moving into the Hub I was there that often!” he said.

“I had loads of support with my CV and training and if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have this job.”

Alan, a married father-of-five, also has some advice for job seekers: “Just keep trying. Keep trying, even after a knock back and don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

Councillor Bob Norton, Redcar and Cleveland Council’s cabinet member for economic growth, congratulated Alan, adding: “He didn’t give up when faced with a tough problem. He dug in, got the right help and made his own way out of unemployment and into a job.

“I’d also like to congratulate the hardworking team at the Hub. Alan’s success is their success.”

The Grangetown Training and Employment Hub, which has helped more than 850 people into work in total, can be contacted on 01642 459035.


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