Retailer invests in youth amid concerns of ‘incestuous industry’

Darren Macey and Lenny Bibby, Lifestyle and Mobility

Lifestyle and Mobility has stressed its responsibility to inspire, coach and train new and young people in the mobility industry in an effort to challenge what many trade professionals regard as an ‘incestuous industry’.

The retailer acknowledges that given it is so difficult to find trained and knowledgeable staff, it is unsurprising that the same people float from job to job. But as part of its effort to inject youth into its business it has invested in training a ‘Saturday boy’.

Business development manager, Darren Macey, explained how the company’s new staff member, Lenny Bibby, has already become and important cog in the firm.

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“We have spent lots of time and money in training Lenny to learn lots of aspects of the company. The great thing about having someone that is keen and young, is that we have been able to mould him to be exactly what we need as a company without the influence of other companies bad habits,” said Macey.

Towards the end of his college course, Bibby was leaning towards becoming an OT but after a work placement realised it was not for him.

He said: “I finished my two year course of health and social care level 3 diploma and got destinations across the board. I began to discuss my future with Lifestyle and Mobility and have now started full time with the company.

“I feel like I am becoming more knowledgeable every day. I am looking forward to starting my career with the company and I really feel I have found my vocation and that I am a valued member of the team.”

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