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10,000 people helped into work by world-leading DWP employee

David McArthur, account manager at Bournemouth Jobcentre Plus, awarded Honorary Fellowship by the Institute of Recruitment Professionals.

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More than 10,000 people have been helped into work over the past 5 years with the expertise of an innovative Department for Work and Pensions account manager, an international recruitment organisation has recognised.

David McArthur, an account manager at Bournemouth Jobcentre Plus, whose career spans 21 years, is one of only a handful (13) of people worldwide who has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Institute of Recruitment Professionals, part of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

Employment Minister Esther McVey said:

Our priority is to make sure people have the right help and support to get into and stay in work – and David has worked tirelessly throughout his 21-year career to make this happen.

An international professional body quite rightly recognises how his innovative approach and hard work has helped thousands of people achieve their aspiration of looking after themselves and their families.

DWP Account Manager David McArthur said:

It’s very humbling to be honoured for doing a job that makes a real difference to people’s lives.

Being able to assist so many people get on in life throughout my career has been genuinely rewarding.

Recruitment and Employment Confederation Chief Executive Kevin Green said:

Our Honorary Fellowships acknowledge long-term commitment to excellence within recruitment. It’s a privilege to recognise David for his outstanding contribution to the profession.

The Institute recognised David’s ‘unparalleled expertise, innovation and dedication’ – which included filling roles for 1,500 staff in Weymouth and Portland for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and local regeneration projects.

David is currently assisting a large variety of businesses to maximise employment, training and work experience opportunities across Dorset and Hampshire.

He is working with major retailers and local developers building new stores in Dorset, creating 760 new jobs.

He recently helped Sainsbury’s to recruit 300 people for their new store in Weymouth and is assisting WDS Global employ a further 245 local people in Poole.

He has also worked with local employers and advisers to assist 12 former Remploy staff into new careers.

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David McArthur has been account manager for Greater Wessex since March, and account manager for Wessex since Sept 2008. From 2001 to 2008 he was office vacancy manager for Dorset and Somerset, and from 1992 to 2001 he was senior adviser and adviser manager.

September’s labour market figures show record numbers of people in work – employment rose by 80,000 in 3 months, driven by further increases in private sector employment.

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Published 14 October 2013