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Gateway leads to full-time job for Jireh

In the Winter 2018 edition of Contractor Connect we shared a story about Prestige Limited signing a Gateway Placement Agreement with Hastings Boys’ High School.

Prestige’s new recruit Jireh Ayre

Erik Behringer, HR Manager at Prestige, says Jireh Ayre was the first young man to join the Prestige team as a painting labourer, initially working one day a week.

After a couple of months, Erik says Jireh asked Prestige to increase his work experience to two days per week. Soon after, Prestige offered Jireh a full-time job, which he started recently.

“Jireh displayed the reliability and work ethic required by the business and his willingness to learn and follow instructions was instrumental in the offer of full-time employment,” Erik says.

“In addition, this achieves the goals and intentions of entering into the Gateway programme and is very satisfying for both Prestige and Hastings Boys’ High.

“The Gateway programme not only provides students with the opportunity to engage in workplace learning while still at school but also gives employers the ability to assess whether these young men are ready to be offered full-time employment. By displaying the right attitude, Jireh has passed with flying colours,” Erik says.

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