All smiles on this Vaux project in Sunderland

September 14, 2017
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We raise a toast today to the Vaux Brewery project which helped aspiring youngsters to beat unemployment.

Who remembers the beat-the-dole plan which became a winner in Sunderland in the 1980s.

The Vaux horses and dray.

The Sunderland Echo reported on it in 1985 and said: “The smiles say it all. No more job-searching for these youngsters.”

Nearly 50 youngsters by then had felt the benefit of the scheme which was built on the Government’s YTS programme over the previous two years.

Work was guaranteed for a year for the young adults who were on the scheme but the company added some extra elements to ensure that those on the scheme would have a better chance at getting a permanent job after the year was up.

Were you one of those on the project and how did you find…


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