The Employability Trust

The Employability Trust is a charity based in Peterlee which seeks to help the NEET’s of the North East to prepare for work. Through non-traditional training we aim to teach the unemployed people the skills that they need to secure long term employment. In our 15,000sq ft factory unit we give REAL work experience with REAL products. Through contracts with local industries we are able to train the candidates on actual processes and equipment.

People coming through The Employability Trust’s work experience programme build confidence, learn skills such as time keeping, team work and communication skills and receive support to find and secure long term employment.  It is a no-pressure environment which gently builds up to the pressures of industry allowing the candidate to grow and adapt to the needs of a modern working environment.

The Employability Trust Team

Bill Marley CEO

The founder and CEO of The Employability Trust, Bill Marley brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. Bill is a highly motivated and enthusiastic operations specialist with over 40 years manufacturing experience within the FMCG environment, flat pack furniture, automotive and food sectors. He has developed a multitude of specialist skills as a result of working with industry giants such as Toyota, Nissan, Black and Decker, MFI and the top four retailers Marks and Spencer, Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys.

Bill has a passion for creating sustainable improvement and managing change successfully, gained from a thorough grounding in operations and management strategy and his considerable experience at board level. He is passionate about East Durham and has worked extensively to promote business interests in this area. Bill is currently the MD of Marley Kavelle Ltd, a management consultancy working largely with SMEs and micro- businesses and is also Business Development Manager for the East Durham Engineering Forum (EDEF), working with local engineering and manufacturing companies including Caterpillar, NSK and Walkers Snacks.

Whilst working with one of the biggest power tool manufacturers in the world and the leading flat pack company in the UK, he has constantly strived to achieve an in-depth understanding of business needs, working in areas such as production, purchasing, logistics, quality and engineering. Bill’s vision and that of the EDEF is to create sustainable competitive advantage by bringing people, skills and resources together.

Bill continues to utilise his considerable mediation and negotiation skills to boost the East Durham economy in his role as a non-executive Director of the East Durham Business Service.

Anne Marie Hudspeth Operations Manager

Anne Marie brings to the Trust over 10 years experience of managing operations and administration in a small business. She is a highly motivated and enthusastic operations specialist with experience of project management, finance and budget management, procurement who has worked in the engineering, construction, professional services and hospitality sectors.

Anne Marie is passionate about customer service and people development and has a detailed knowledge and understanding of small business.

Board of Trustees

Alan Miller (Chair)

Bill Marley (CEO)

Sally Waterston

Meryl Levington

Keith Gill

Tony Wilson

Laura Humphrey 

Debbie Charlton

Jacqui Chapman

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The Employability Trust : 3 Palmer Road, Peterlee, SR8 2HU T: 0191 587 9797
Charity Number: 1153424
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