Programme shows town jobs success

Fairy Jobmother Hayley Taylor with (left to right) Scott, Joanne, Mark, Stewie and Tim
Fairy Jobmother Hayley Taylor with (left to right) Scott, Joanne, Mark, Stewie and Tim

A JOBS expert helped to get four Hartlepool people off the dole queue and back into employment in a primetime TV show screened last night.

The Fairy Jobmother, on Channel 4, followed the fortunes of five people from Hartlepool who were out of work after producers saw the high unemployment figures across the town.

The Fairy Jobmother - Hayley Taylor - offered advice on how to prepare a CV, how to boost self-confidence and gave guidance on interview techniques to the candidates.

The five people involved in the programme were a young couple, Joanne and Mark, with a three-year-old daughter, teenager Scott who had trained to be a soldier but was unable to find work, Stewie who wanted to get off the job queue and 51-year-old former lab technician Tim, who hadn’t worked since being made redundant 18 months ago.

The programme showed the five being put through some classroom-style training sessions, before being sent to “pitch themselves” in front of a panel of prominent local businessmen, including Hartlepool United chief executive Russ Green and Tesco boss Martin James.

They were then sent for interviews for vacancies, and four of the five were delighted to be told they had been successful.

Joanne landed a job as a part-time cleaner with town gym Fit4Less and her partner Mark was taken on as a kitchen porter at the Grand Hotel

Stewie had a successful interview with waste management firm Niramax, while Scott was given an apprenticeship with local joiner John Watson.

Tim is still going through the interview processes in the hope of finding work in the near future.

Victoria Ray, producer of the Fairy Jobmother, said: “It was a real challenge, given the employment figures for the area and the amount of jobseekers on the look-out.

“This was a great opportunity for local businesses to fill their vacancies with candidates prepped within an inch of their lives by Hayley Taylor, and the application process for the candidate going for the job was the same as anyone else.”