South Elmsall job scheme success

Volunteers Cory Dudley and Stuart Gibbs at the Social Centre, South Elmsall. (h602a231)
Volunteers Cory Dudley and Stuart Gibbs at the Social Centre, South Elmsall. (h602a231)

TWO unemployed men are sowing the seeds of success as they take part in a programme to help them secure jobs in the future.

Cory Dudley, 18, and Stuart Gibbs, also 18, started grounds maintenance at South Elmsall Town Council social Club last week, and are already benefitting from the skills they have learnt.

Mr Dudley, of Grove Drive, South Kirkby, said: “It’s been good learning different skills and hope it will help finding a job.”

The pair will spend eight weeks at the centre on Westfield Lane learning about maintaining the grounds.

They will cut and strim the lawns and tend to the flowers.

Both men hope to join the army in the future.

Clive Hitchinson, grounds supervisor at the park said it is a good way for people to pick up new skills.

He said: “The course gives them an insight to what is actually takes to run a park.

“It also gives them something to do each day, rather than just spending time at home.

“It instils discipline and a routine for them.”

Mr Hitchinson, 50, said he started out doing a similar programme when he was 16 years old.

And despite some time away from gardening he has come back to it after the course gave him a long lasting love of the profession.

He hoped it would leave the same impression for the two men.

The town council will continue to take on unemployed people in eight-week slots after the two men finish.