Swindon auto parts firm puts long-term jobless on road to work

February 18, 2014

Swindon-based auto parts warehousing firm BG Automotive has given 13 long-term unemployed people the chance to build a career after teaming up with adult learning provider TBG Learning.

BGA, which has its headquarters and UK warehouse on the Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, has been working with TBG Learning since 1999. The 13 new recruits have enrolled with TBG over the past 12 months.

Birmingham-based TBG Learning has more than 20 offices across the UK – including Swindon – handling the Government’s Work Programme on behalf of JobFit, which helps the long-term unemployed into work through a package of support and assistance.

Richard Anderson, warehouse manager at BGA, the aftermarket division of the British Gaskets Group, said: “The partnership with TBG Learning has been great for us.

“It has involved us offering placements in the warehouse to help unemployed people gain work experience, and many of the learners have gone on to become employed and have been with us ever since.

“Everyone within the company is key to the success of BGA, and it has been great to provide new opportunities.

“We are really pleased with the latest recruits and look forward to helping develop their skills and continue to play an important role in the growth of the business.”

BGA supplies thousands of auto engine parts and components such as oil pumps and camtrains to the aftermarket.

TBG Learning placement advisor Lynne Packer added: “BGA create great opportunities for people to get their careers up and running, or kick-started.

“BGA have been great supporters of offering opportunities and we’re delighted they are continuing to grow.”

TBG Learning offers support to people who have struggled to gain employment through a mix of training and career guidance.

BGA’s latest recruits include Katie Jones, Giovanni Fiocca and Sanita Lidbiard who have all taken advantage of logistics training at the firm, and since gone on to gain roles within its warehouse and production teams.

Pictured: BG Automotive’s new recruits with TBG Learning’s Lynne Packer, front left, and warehouse manager Richard Anderson, front right






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