Torque teams with Wakefield College to help students ‘Get Set’ for employment
In November 2017 Torque joined forces with Wakefield College’s ‘Get Set’ programme, a scheme dedicated to enabling students with learning difficulties and disabilities to gain real employment experience with businesses. After an open-day where students were shown around the site, two young women felt the business was a perfect fit for them and Danielle Glover, 20 and Jade Hodson, 18, joined the Torque team for one day a week, working in the Processing Department. After a hugely successful start, the ladies’ hours have just been increased to two days a week.
Since joining in November the new recruits have gone from strength to strength honing their skills and quickly becoming integral members of the team. Jade Hodson says “I really enjoy being at Torque, I like learning new things and getting to push myself every week to meet my targets. I have grown as a person and really feel like part of the team” Danielle shares Jade’s enthusiasm for the role “I love seeing how many items I have refurbished at the end of my shift. I am really proud of how far I have come.” The scheme has certainly proved successful, Wakefield College’s Assistant Job Coach, Rachel Staszewsky notes “Our mission at Wakefield College is to transform lives through learning by enabling young people to fulfil their potential and Torque has truly enabled my students to develop their independence skills and gain invaluable experience. This opportunity has seen the girls make outstanding progress personally and professionally.”
With the programme proving so successful Torque is now looking at how they can implement similar schemes at their other sites across the country.