Pre-secondment role: Store Manager, Sainsbury’s with 30 years experience running various sized stores, and managing large teams.
Seconded in: Derbyshire & North Nottinghamshire
The role is so rewarding and has allowed me to use the skills and experience I have gained in Sainsbury's to the benefit of the local community. It’s also given me lots of ideas to take back when I return to my day job!
Business Connector Role Overview
Jonathan has been seconded to the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Coalfields region of the East Midlands an area with entrenched employment issues dating back to the early 1980's when the mining industry started to close down.
- Jonathan was instrumental in launching the first ever Mansfield 2020 Young Enterprise Award. This locally arranged competition for Year 10 pupils in the Mansfield and district schools that culminated in a market stall event in the town centre which gave the young people the opportunity to sell their own produce, followed by an awards evening. It is hoped that the awards will become an annual event.
- Organised work placements for young unemployed adults In Nottingham, leading to a permanent position for one of the participants.
- Jonathan has also worked closely with a number of groups to develop interview skills in both young people and the long term unemployed in the area.
"Sainsbury's are delighted to have been involved in the Business Connector initiative since its inception. In Dec 2010 we were challenged by HRH Prince of Wales and the Prime Minister to leverage business resource to affect social change at a local community level in a new way and at a new scale. We believe that business collaborating together and with local community organisations can make a profound difference to some of the hardest to reach parts of our society. It is a critical time for business and the voluntary sector to stand together to affect lasting social change in the often complex and difficult situations that our communities face." Gwyn Burr, Customer and Colleague Director, Sainsbury’s and Chair Community Investment Leadership Team, Business in the Community
“The role is so rewarding and has allowed me to use the skills and experience I have gained in Sainsbury's to the benefit of the local community. It’s also given me lots of ideas to take back when I return to my day job!” Jonathan Dawson