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Mark Elliott - Case Study

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mark Elliott from Stockport had extensive experience as a Grill Chef, Second Chef and Sous Chef at various restaurants in and around Manchester. 35 year old Mark’s wife had just returned to work, and the hours of his job didn’t match well with hers which was beginning to cause problems with their childcare arrangements. Mark left his job to try to find something which would enable them to manage their childcare responsibilities more effectively.

Mark saw a job advertised on an online jobs website and decided to apply. Frank Kinrade from Aspire Recruitment contacted Mark by phone to discuss his experience and background. Mark said: “Frank was really enthusiastic about my experience, and really wanted to know about the kind of places I’d worked and the kind of cooking I’d done.”

Mark was then invited in to the Aspire office to complete a registration form and have his ID checked. He met with Frank and they went through his skills and experience in more detail. Frank had a vacancy for a temporary Breakfast Chef at the Bull’s Head in Hale Barns, a newly refurbished gastro-pub which is operated by Stockport brewer Frederic Robinson. 

Mark started at the Bull’s Head on a temporary basis, but after a few weeks he was offered a permanent position. Because of his previous experience, as well as his breakfast duties, Mark has been asked to deliver training to kitchen porters to show them how to set up in the mornings and how to present the breakfasts. He’s also involved in the lunchtime service, and covers dinner service when necessary.

Mark said:

“Everyone has looked after me really well at Aspire Recruitment and the Bull’s Head. My future goals are to progress up the ladder and work in other pubs and restaurants within the group. I’m really happy to have been offered this opportunity, and I feel lucky to have found a company which will invest time and training to add to my experience and provide fantastic future career opportunities.”

“I was very pleased with the service at Aspire. Frank found the opportunity for me straight away, which I was really pleased about. I’ve worked with other agencies in the past but feel that Aspire really listened to me and what I wanted, and they really delivered on what they promised.”

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