Four new recruits for Portsmouth Wetherspoon pub

NEW JOBS From left, Edward Dixon, manager Philip Water-Nelson, Clare Grant, Chris Jackson and Jack Kennedy
NEW JOBS From left, Edward Dixon, manager Philip Water-Nelson, Clare Grant, Chris Jackson and Jack Kennedy
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A PUB manager has recruited four young people

Philip Walter-Nelson, from the Sir John Baker, in London Road, North End, Portsmouth, initially agreed to give work experience to one person through Jobcentre Plus.

But the success of that has led him to give another handful of 18 to 24-year-olds the same opportunity, and now four of them are employed by the company on a full-time basis.

‘Some colleagues of mine were talking about the work experience scheme, so I thought I’d get in touch with the Jobcentre and give it a go,’ said Philip.

Soon after contacting the Jobcentre for the first time, Philip was given a list of applicants keen for the work experience.

After a round of interviews he gave an opportunity to 20-year-old Clare Grant, of Southsea.

After her six-week work experience placement, Philip added her to the payroll and it wasn’t long before he was back in touch with the Jobcentre and giving opportunities to other young jobseekers.

He has subsequently taken on another three members of staff following a successful period of work experience – Edward Dixon, 25, Jack Kennedy, 20, and Chris Jackson, 19.

Now Philip is calling for other employers to give young people a chance through work experience.