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Dobbies grows talent

12 September, 2016

Dobbies Garden Centres works with local schemes around the country to grow talent and help young people into jobs. With garden centres in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, the garden centre chain wishes to support local communities, and through its work with councils the retailer has been able to secure employment.

Neil Kerr, 17, is one such person who has recently been offered a contract at Dobbies Edinburgh with help from Midlothian Council. Skills Development Scotland provides local councils with a list of unemployed young people and key worker Mirella Crolla contacted Neil to offer help and support. Mirella contacted Dee Rutherford, Deputy Manager of Dobbies Edinburgh. Having invited Neil in to meet her and to show him the store, Dee arranged a work experience programme for Neil at Dobbies to gain some experience and training to help with his job hunt.

In June, a vacancy arose at Dobbies and Dee encouraged Neil to apply. He was successful and he is now working 16 hours per week with the leading retailer.

Neil said: “I’m really enjoying it. It’s fast-paced, everything is new and I love working with the public.”

Dee said: “As Deputy Manager, I’m always happy to hear from people who are looking for work experience, and try to give them as much training and support as possible during the time they are with us to help them with finding work. I’m delighted we have been able to offer Neil employment – he makes a great addition to the team.”

Neil has been so successful in his new role that he has been nominated for Employee of the Month. “I was surprised but proud,” he added.

To find out more about employment opportunities please visit for local store information and contact the General or Deputy Manager for details.

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