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Nelson ‘catch 22’ mechanic denied dream job
A DAD-of-two who spent four years at college studying for his dream job as a mechanic says garages keep knocking him back as he has no experience.
Jason Mottram, 26, from Nelson, said he has been left frustrated after struggling to find employment for two years, despite his qualifications.
He has now enlisted the help of Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson, who has called on firms to help offer more work placements.
Jason, of Rakes House Road, Nelson, first contacted Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle after he said skilled jobs were available, but the local area didn’t have the skillset to fill them.
Jason said: “Mr Birtwistle told me he was referring more to engineering jobs, and I should approach my local MP Mr Stephenson.
"I e-mailed and rang Mr Stephenson’s London office a few times and explained my predicament. I have offered to do work experience at garages for free, but they say they can’t because of insurance and things like that. I just can’t get the experience.”
Jason spent four years at Blackburn College studying car mechanics, before leaving in June 2010.
Mr Stephenson said: “It is a catch 22 situation he is in and it is difficult. I have been speaking to local businesses recently to try and encourage them to offer more work experience placements. Businesses have become sceptical of work experience in recent years because of health and safety concerns, and insurance costs.
“But we need local firms to offer work experience, otherwise more young people will find they have the qualifications, but not the experience.”
Last week Mr Stephenson contacted Hillendale Land Rover, in Nelson, who have spoken to Jason and will keep him informed of any vacancies arising there.
Lee Collins, managing director at Hillendale Land Rover, said: “Jason is stuck in the classic catch 22 in that he can’t get a job without experience and can’t get experience without a job.
“It is a competitive industry, but we are always looking for the right people, the right outlook on life, how they present themselves and their commitment.
"Jason’s situation is slightly unusual. He is older than many people who don’t have experience, but that isn’t a barrier to employment.”