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Mandy's Excited to What Life Has in Sports Traider Store

24th February 2010

Mandy Beale had been unemployed for over six months and had started to give up on any hope of finding work, until JobCentre Plus introduced her to Bedford Borough Council’s Future Jobs Fund, which has restored her confidence and positive attitude to life in general.

Mandy said: “The Future Jobs Fund is a life-saver, thanks to joining the programme I have been placed at Sports Traider, which has meant I now have my communication skills back and self-belief in what I am able to do. I enjoy working in such a positive, outgoing, happy work environment, and hope many more of us can benefit from such a great experience. I am looking forward to what life has in store and to moving up the ladder.”

The Future Jobs Fund programme is being well received and filling a much needed critical gap to existing provision by offering a ‘real’ job opportunity and work experience to young people and others who are disadvantaged in the labour market.

Sports Traider, a not-for-profit social enterprise that collects donated sports goods and sells them on for charity. Currently they have five Future Jobs Fund participants working in their shop and warehouse, with another two due to start in March 2010.

The programme has not only had a positive effect on the individuals working there, but has helped Sports Traider establish their retail outlet, which is a real benefit to the young people of the Borough.

We are now appealing to other employers who may be able to take advantage of the scheme and are able to create a job that would not exist without Future Jobs Fund support.  For further information, please contact Simon Dunning, Project Manager, on 01234 276915, or email

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