Launched during the first national lockdown back in June 2020 and running up to March 2021, Foyne Jones and Quooker have worked together to provide support to those who have been directly or indirectly affected by the health crisis.
Ongoing efforts have led to hundreds of individuals benefitting from CV makeovers, delivery of virtual career coaching and mentoring, mental health and building resilience workshops, along with a host of digital solutions. These include its series of podcasts involving leading industry players and more recently, a weekly online job seekers club that is inspiring free discussion in a peer-to-peer open format.
In six months, Foyne Jones Redundancy Support has helped:
- 188 job seekers – newly registered
- 152 makeovers – comprehensive CV makeovers
- 122 evaluations – personal online profile review & update via LinkedIn
- 43 episodes – podcast Series including Season 3, Survival Specials & Season 4, It’s a New Game
- 1K+ regular listeners – across The Foyne Jones Show podcast
- 17 countries – charted by The Foyne Jones Show podcast
- 139 job seekers – attended Weekly Job Seekers Club in first 5 weeks
Because of this continued level of support, it can advise:
- 18% of individuals under the free Redundancy Support have moved on to new employment
- 11 new appointments are directly linked to the efforts of this free support program
Peter Jones, Managing Director at Foyne Jones, says: “We are delighted that we have been able to partner with Quooker UK, a guiding light in our industry and with that, assist so many people and businesses by providing free industry support, digital storytelling and strategic content for the job seeker. Embracing new technology and methods to connect people is a big part of who I am and the beauty of the KBB industry is its ability to create new opportunities for multi-skilled staff where up-skilling and retraining inside and outside your field of expertise is par for the course. Together we can do so much to influence recruitment and personal development in this vibrant industry and we have to ensure we retain safeguard the industry and retain our current level of talent by attracting the next generation of talent and stars of the future.”
Stephen Johnson, Managing Director at Quooker UK, says “I’ve grown up in this industry and passionately believe we have a wider responsibility of support wherever possible. The Covid crisis has undoubtedly shaken the kitchen industry with considerable and persistent financial pressures and staff welfare strains placed on retailers, manufacturers and businesses across the country. At Quooker, we too have felt the strain the crisis has placed on the industry. We’ve seen first-hand how its affected smaller, independent retailers and how changing consumer habits have dramatically impacted sales.”
He continues “However, during these difficult times, brands are faced with two choices. To shrivel up and remain inward-focused or to work together sharing expertise and resources, to help the industry rebuild, recover and thrive. That is why over the past year we have invested heavily in support of the wider kitchen industry and a key ingredient to this was to make sure that we could find a way to support those that have lost jobs during the crisis. It therefore made perfect sense that we should partner with Foyne Jones in offering this super initiative.”