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A fresh start at UniValet - and free car cleaning for two lucky customers!

13 Jun 2013

Your UniValet service has a new clean and gleam team, who will keep your vehicles shiny across the summer months.

New UniValet team and customers

Derrick, David and Mark had been long-term unemployed, but had demonstrated their commitment to getting back into work by attending a pre-employment course. As a result, they were offered interviews with Petrus, which operates the UniValet service as a partner of the University.

Two members of the team live in areas close to the campus, where the University aims to create employment links and support local communities. They were all thrilled to be back in the world of work on 20 May. Well done to them!

The previous team of trainees has used the experience, skills and training gained during their time with UniValet to move onward and upward. They are currently either in paid or volunteer work, or are receiving support from The Works, the skills centre established by the University in 2011, to obtain further employment at the University in the hospitality or construction areas. Their UniValet employment has provided a great springboard for them.

The new ‘gleam team’ will continue to work under the training and support of Team Leader Darren Vickers. Darren has now led the service for seven months and will ensure that the new team continues to deliver the same high standard of service that earns compliment from customers and keeps them returning.

Two lucky customers get free cleans

To celebrate their success so far, the UniValet team has given free cleans to two of their customers.

Gaynor Newsome from the Directorate of Finance was the first customer ever to book a UniValet clean and coincidentally has also made the most bookings. She said: “I’ve used UniValet right from the start and can’t speak highly enough of it – a top-rate, reliable service; it’s like the fairies came and left my car gleaming. The fact that it offers the team members the opportunity to develop confidence, self-esteem and skills that will improve their chances of further employment makes this service all the more appealing.”

Craig Grindrod's car was the first vehicle to be cleaned by the new team and he too has been a regular customer. Craig, who works in Media Services, has been really pleased with the service: “I have used UniValet many times and I’m always surprised by how clean they manage to get my old car. The service is excellent and beats queuing up at the car wash any time.”

The photo shows (left to right): Craig, Mark, David, Derrick, Gaynor and Darren - with Gaynor's gleaming car.

Not tried the 'gleam team' yet? Cleaning still costs only £5!

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