Pie placement leads to permanent position in latest Bondholder collaboration

Eric’s, the champion butchers and pie makers, has appointed Dan Channer, a student from Camphill Wakefield, following a work placement facilitated by Wakefield Bondholders.

Specialising in providing hands-on education for those with learning difficulties, Camphill Wakefield supports young people in developing the skills necessary to aid them in their transition to adulthood.

Hearing more about the valuable experience that the college provides for its students, Eric’s chose to pledge its support with an offer of a practical work placement. Joining the production line assembling pies and pasties, Dan took a role that demanded precision and attention to detail – both qualities which were demonstrated to an extremely high standard resulting in the offer of a permanent position.

Recognising the goals of its members, Wakefield Bondholders works hard to facilitate mutually beneficial collaborations that result in long-standing partnerships that have a positive impact upon the local economy. Having identified the potential for Eric’s and Camphill Wakefield, the organisations were introduced at first Friday, the monthly Bondholder networking event.

As Director of Operations, Xander Martin was responsible for mentoring Dan whilst on his placement. Noting the keen approach that Dan has towards work, Xander was not only pleased to see the development of Dan’s skills but also the positive impact that his presence had on the whole team.

Xander comments:

“When Bondholders told us about the team at Camphill Wakefield, we were keen to learn more and are really glad that we did! It’s been an absolute pleasure to work alongside Dan; he is so keen to work and picked things up extremely quickly.

“We expected that the experience would be beneficial for Dan, but what we didn’t anticipate was the effect that he would have on the rest of the workforce. Seeing how the whole team bonded and worked together to help really brought home how much of a valuable addition Dan is to the team, which is why we were pleased to offer him a permanent job at Eric’s.”

Indicating the potential for a further collaboration with Camphill Wakefield in the future, Xander remains extremely positive about his experience of mentoring a student, describing it as a joy.

Identifying suitable opportunities for paid work, whereby students can gain independence and increase their awareness of a specific industry, is all part of the care that Camphill Wakefield provides, Pete Vickers comments:

“We’re so pleased that Dan made such a positive impression whilst on his placement with Eric’s and are equally thrilled by Dan’s progress throughout the time he’s spent with the team. We’d like to thank Eric’s for providing such a fabulous opportunity for an extremely deserving young person who has proven that he has so much to give.”

The collaboration between the two businesses is testament to the network which Wakefield Bondholders has worked hard to build. Facilitating monthly events, including first Friday, where members come together to share advice, experiences and opportunities has seen members increase their prospects through introductions to other influential professionals.

Melissa Armitage, Manager at Wakefield Bondholders, comments:

“We love nothing more than to hear about the ways in which our members benefit by being part of the Wakefield Bondholder scheme. It really makes our job worthwhile knowing that an introduction that was made as a result of our network has benefitted a pair of organisations and a young man who now has a new job to look forward to.”

To find out more about Wakefield Bondholders and the benefits that being a member can bring to your business, visit the website http://wakefieldbondholders.com/ or, alternatively, contact Melissa Armitage on Melissa.Armitage@wakefieldbondholders.com.

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