Maths courses helps 21 land jobs with npower in Sunderland and Peterlee

(from left) Julie West, Durham Employment and Skills; Coun Paul Watson, Sunderland City Council; Gillian Tarelli, npower; ; Cllr Neil Foster, Durham County Council and Dr Felicity Breet, University of Sunderland
(from left) Julie West, Durham Employment and Skills; Coun Paul Watson, Sunderland City Council; Gillian Tarelli, npower; ; Cllr Neil Foster, Durham County Council and Dr Felicity Breet, University of Sunderland
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BOOSTING their maths skills added up to success for 100 per cent of npower recruits.

All 21 new starters who signed up to an innovative scheme, launched to help jobseekers make the grade in numeracy skills, passed with flying colours and have been taken on at the firm’s Sunderland and Peterlee contact centres.

Fifteen people passed the course in Sunderland and six in County Durham after npower joined forces with Sunderland City Council, Durham County Council and the University of Sunderland to help candidates who had excelled in all other parts of the recruitment process.

Recruit Jonathan Miller said: “Completing the maths course gave me the knowledge and understanding of what maths is actually used for in npower.

“As the course was interactive, it made it fun.

“I learnt about things such as the calorific value of gas, which I had never used before.

“Now I am doing the role, I really enjoy it and, although it can be challenging at times, I want to make the most of the opportunity and progress within npower, using the skills I had already and the new ones that I have been given. I think completing the course shows the commitment I have to improve my skills.”

Npower approached the city council after realising there was a problem with otherwise suitable applicants lacking the necessary skill with numbers.

The council’s business investment team worked with the company and the university to develop the initiative, to which Durham County Council has since signed up.

City council leader Coun Paul Watson said: “It’s excellent news that the maths course is having such an impact on its recruits.

“Twenty-one more local people are now in jobs at npower, and all of them have new skills that will help them throughout their careers.”

Npower resource and talent manager, Gillian Tarelli, added: “We couldn’t have asked for better results from all our recruits, who have done themselves and npower proud. This is an important initiative for us, which we’re hoping to roll out across other regions.”