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Plastics recycler gives work to 200 jobless

Michael West and colleagues and plastics recycling centre
Michael West (centre) had been made redundant from his job as a tiler

A company in Northamptonshire has said it has given jobs to 200 young people as part of a government scheme to help the unemployed back to work.

Recycle and Grow, which set up last autumn in Wellingborough, took on staff as part of the Future Jobs Fund.

All were unemployed and most had been made redundant.

Manager Marcus Baldry said: "We've had some real shining stars, and we recognise their ability and they've become an integral part of the team."

One new staff member, Michael West, had been unemployed for 10 months before being taken on by the company.

He has since been given a permanent contract and a promotion by the plastics recycler.



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