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  • Formerly known as Winsor and Newton fine art suppliers, and granted a Royal Warrant in 1841, the organisation now has manufacturing and distribution sites in China, Japan, Sweden, France and the UK. With impressive sales of over £156m (2009) and a full order book, the company sought to expand.

    As their UK site was unable to expand further, it was decided to integrate the UK plant with operations in France, resulting in 180 staff receiving redundancy notices.

  • Epcot Career Solutions was successful in supporting 156 employees through the difficult but necessary transition, recently completing a series of workshops and seminars, which concentrated on building a professional winning CV, targeted Jobsearch techniques and successful interviewing skills, with staff due to leave the company in 2011.

    41% Back into employment within 4 weeks of attending Epcot's 2-day work programme

LATEST UPDATE: 26 September 2011. A spokesperson for ColArt stated that "only a couple" of the 156 employees were still seeking employment. She added that the results of Epcot's CV Workshops had exceeded the company's expectations and were a resounding success given the ongoing recession.

Employees have found their new professional CVs and modern job search support, along with specific interview role plays have motivated and reassured them about their future, as provided in the following examples and case studies.

  • Paul had been a Complex Machine Operative at ColArt for two years until leaving due to redundancy in January 2011. He began his new role as a Team Leader in McVities (United Biscuits) following a series of challenging interviews, in February 2011.
  • Sara had worked for ColArt in the Export department for 8 years, and had been given notice to leave in March 2011. Within two weeks of her January Epcot Career Solutions workshops, she applied for a role with Ralph Lauren. Using her professionally written CV and her new found confidence and interview skills, she succeeded and they held the role open for her to join them in March when she officially left the company.
  • Robert had been with ColArt for just under three years, working as a Warehouse Operative. He left the company in January 2011 and started working for Ocado as a Warehouse Operative in February 2011.