Ryan and Jess have joined EDA Member BEMCO (British Electrical and Manufacturing Company) as part of the government’s Kickstart scheme. Based at BEMCO’s Dartford Branch they are working with Branch Manager, Darren Grimwood. “Kickstart is going really well,” explains Darren “and we’ve been lucky as both Ryan and Jess are good lads. They’ve been with us for almost two months now and are getting experience in general stores work, picking orders, putting stock away. Jess has a driving licence so has been out on some deliveries, which is a great help. We’ve been very fortunate with them both.”
18-year-old Ryan Battaglia, says “I ask loads of questions so I get to learn what’s going on. I’ve met a few customers and it’s amazing how quickly you pick thing up. I’m enjoying the role, everyone is very nice and you can see that they have a really good relationship with their customers. Before this I had a few jobs but nothing permanent, so I really hope this is a career move for me.”
21-year-old Jess Mann has been doing a similar job to Ryan but he has a driving licence so has been out and about “I’ve been out making deliveries and collections around Essex and Kent and I enjoy it a lot. It is important to me to learn something new every day about how things work. Before this I was working in landscaping and other casual jobs but I much prefer this role at BEMCO.”
BEMCO used the EDA’s Kickstart Support Service.