Macclesfield MP supports recruitment drive for our town's hospitality businesses

  Posted: 19.10.21 at 12:50 by Alexander Greensmith

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Macclesfield's parliamentarian is encouraging more of us to work in the hospitality sector.

Our town's MP David Rutley, is actively working with the Macclesfield Jobcentre Plus team to help bolster the drive to recruit people to fill vacancies in key sectors, including those in local hospitality businesses.

Our constituency's MP since 2010 met with the Macclesfield Jobcentre Plus team on Market Place, just a stones throw from their King Edward Street office.

The 60-year-old recently visited Caffé Nero in Macclesfield to meet with the Jobcentre team, the Caffé Nero Area Manager and Macclesfield Store Manager, to add his support to the effective hospitality recruitment initiative that is being rolled out.

During the recruitment exercise Mr Rutley attended, a number of offers are hopefully to be extended to successful applicants and, as a result of these achievements, further recruitment days are planned in the chain’s cafes in Chester and Warrington.

A Macclesfield Nub News visit to the Market Place coffee chain on Thursday confirmed with staff that there are low numbers of workers at the moment, but are keen to hire more.

Baristas are among the hospitality roles Mr. Rutley wants more active participation in from our town. (Image - CC Unchanged Rept0n1x bit.ly/2Z2wVfo)

A mix of young locals leaving to university, people changing careers during the pandemic, and a shortage of EU workers may be behind the staffing shortfall.

A spokesperson for Macclesfield's Conservative MP said: "As we return to more normal times, there are clear vacancies and job opportunities in a number of sectors, including hospitality and social care.

"David has first-hand experience of how well-equipped, and skilled Jobcentre Work Coaches are in assisting people to address any skills gaps and helping to build confidence in seeking a new role.

"Anyone who is interested in finding out more about these new opportunities can find details by contacting their work coach.

"As a recently appointed Minister at the Department for Work & Pensions, David is working hard to help more people get into work and to enable those already in employment to further progress."

The Gravesend-born Macclesfield MP is a strong supporter of the Government’s Kickstart Scheme, which pays for 16-24 year olds to work in six month placements and enables them to enter the world of work.

To date, over 85,000 young people across the country have found work through the scheme, which has recently been extended to March 2022. Macclesfield businesses from estate agents to solicitors have supported the scheme.

After the visit, David said, “As we have moved on to a greater sense of normality, it is important that we help support local hospitality businesses, which have been badly affected by the pandemic.

"It is great to see our local Jobcentre working in partnership with this sector, and others such as social care, to help businesses recruit for the job vacancies that they are now actively working to fill. They have my full support in this vital task.”

A search on the Caffè Nero website found one vacancy for a Shift Leader in the Macclesfield area.

You can apply for that role here.

For the latest jobs in Macclesfield, please head to the Macclesfield Nub News Jobs section.

Last Friday, David Rutley paid tribute to the MP Sir David Amess, his Conservative colleague who was stabbed to death.

You can read more about that story here.

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