We aim to train, develop and support our staff and inspire others in West Cumbria to give more back to the community when succeeding.
At Livingstone’s, we are also committed to inspiring the wider West Cumbrian workforce, those that are currently unemployed or disengaged adults as well as the next generation of employees. To achieve this we have developed a growing network of school, college and organisation links.
Eddie Blackmore has worked his way up from the workshop and is now Manging Director and is a great example of working hard and achieving from the shop floor to the top. Eddie makes support, encouragement and enthusing young people part of his daily working life and works closely with partners to ensure the less academic students are supported to reach for dreams and jobs.
Jason Quirk is with us from Skills 4 You for 3 months. He’s done so well we wanted to do more for him, so our staff gave him supervised fork truck refresher training then Eddie Blackmore called in a favour and persuaded Lawson’s Training to waive his test fee.
Jason passed and now has his five year fork truck licence which appears on his CV. Armed with that and a new confidence, it will help him into work .
Skills 4 You work Lyn Osbaldeston, Skills 4 You at Cleator Moor –
“Livingstone’s had a vacancy for a person to help in the warehouse and offices with housekeeping and was keen to offer a 3 month paid work placement to Jason Quirk.
This is a brilliant example of supporting with socio-economic issues positively and pro-actively and also through giving an unemployed person a chance. It will also contribute to helping Skills 4 You to raise the profile of some talented people who have skills that many local employers could benefit from. Eddie and his team are inspirational, forward thinking people who want to make a difference through actions.”
Jason Quirk Skills 4 You beneficiary – “grateful for the opportunity”
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity and the whole team at Livingstone’s have made me feel very at ease. At first it was quite daunting, I was very shy and didn’t say much, but the guys have been great. My confidence has grown and it’s nice to feel part of a team. I’m much more positive and have something useful to add to my CV moving forward – I’d just like to say thanks for giving me a chance.”
Jason has since remarked “I have never worked anywhere like this, cream cakes on my birthday, no hassle, just explain what is required and let you work away at it, they really care don’t they.”