A new car wash in Longridge has brought a shine to the faces of two young jobseekers who were fearful they would never find work.
Since leaving school, 19-year-old Thomas Rigby, from Ribbleton, and Aaron Jones, 18, of Deepdale, had struggled to find jobs.
Now they both have good reason to get up each day – they have just been appointed operatives and trainee valeters at Wash ’n’ Dash, which is situated on the forecourt of Irelands Garage in Inglewhite Road.
“I have worked before when my family had a scrap metal business, but when that came to an end I was left wondering what the future held,” said Thomas.
“I handed out my CV to anybody who would take one and applied for every job I could find, but I had no luck.”
Aaron had worked in a garage , but became increasingly frustrated at being told by employers that his experience was too limited. “I couldn’t change that without a job, and so it was an endless cycle of building my hopes up and then being rejected,” he said.
“I just wanted a job – I knew I was capable and I hoped others would share some belief in me.”
Aaron and Thomas’s success came after staff at Preston’s Jobcentre Plus referred them to Ingeus, which delivers the Government’s Work Programme in the North West. They signed up for an intensive course of specialist employment support, including producing a polished CV, learning new interview skills and focusing on job searching.
Wash ’n’ Dash boss Billy Campbell had no hesitation in selecting Thomas and Aaron and now, with the continual training he is offering and the ongoing support of Ingeus, he remains confident in his choice.