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Mar 15 2012

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Lighthouse supports Mary’s Kinky Knickers recruitment campaign

In November last year the Lighthouse Project hosted Mary Portas and her production team to help them with their recruitment of new staff for her new project to resuscitate UK manufacturing called ‘Kinky Knicker’.

We got involved because of our Work Club which runs every day aimed at helping and supporting local people who are looking for work. At the Work Club we provide training in computer skills, email, preparing a CV and looking for jobs online.

Centre Manager Pam Semp says, “joining the Work Club is very inspiring and it gives you just the right skills that you need to help boost your confidence and make a good impression with potential employers”.

One of the Club’s recent attendees Phil Sidebottom highly recommends the work of the Lighthouse Project and after attending the ‘Why Don’t You..? course and a Team Member course held at the centre he says, ‘the Lighthouse has inspired me in many ways, they have provided support, advice, and friendship… the Lighthouse is invaluable to residents in and around Middleton, I would recommend them to anyone!

When we heard about Mary’s project we decided that we wanted to support their endeavours and offered the use of the Lighthouse as a base for their initial recruitment interviews. At first we thought that this might just be a couple of days room hire, however it quickly developed into many more visits as the centre proved to be a great venue for their purposes. This culminated in two days of filming where Mary and her team virtually took over the whole centre to meet and interview the hundreds of applicants who had applied to work with her.

We are pleased that Mary chose to come to Middleton and that the new business is proving to be a a great success, our dream is to see Middleton prosper again and this is a great way of putting the town on the map.

If you want to find out more then watch ‘Mary’s Bottom Line’ on Channel 4 starting on Thursday 15th March 2012.

To find out more read on : extract from the Channel 4 web site

Mary’s Bottom Line

marys-bottom-line-trailer-bIn the middle of the worst recession since the war, retail guru Mary Portas believes a a window of opportunity has opened to restore some life back to British manufacturing.Transport costs and foreign labour costs are rising, so Mary’s heading to Middleton, Greater Manchester, to set up a new production line for British-made knickers.Mary wants consumers to understand the value of buying British: skills, UK jobs, pride in our manufacturing heritage.It will be a challenge for Mary, who normally frequents an altogether different shop-floor. She not only needs to breathe life back into a mothballed factory, she has to persuade the old seamstresses to teach the new recruits, and track down some of the last fabric suppliers in the country.Will she pull it off, or will her first ever foray into manufacturing be simply a brief encounter?

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