Stevenage man in bid to reduce unemployment

TJ Morgan with his app

TJ Morgan with his app - Credit: Archant

A man has developed a mobile phone app he hopes will get people out of unemployment and into the workplace.

TJ Morgan with his app

TJ Morgan with his app - Credit: Archant

TJ Morgan, of Grace Way in Stevenage, has developed an app called A Day’s Labour.

The 26-year-old came up with the concept when he entered a competition by mobile phone company O2.

He said: “The idea of the app is to get people into the workplace on short-term placements, like a day or two, and be rated by their potential employer – a try before you buy.

“You start by uploading your profile with five skill tags. Employers use the app and put in their required skill tags and the app matches you up instantly.

“A lot of small businesses are interested in using it, as well as big companies.”

Mr Morgan says a high street bank and an international accounting company have both said they would trial the app.

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Asked where he got the idea, he said it was from his own experience of trying to gain employment.

“I dropped out of A-levels and decided to get a job, but there weren’t a lot of opportunities and so I drifted and got involved with the wrong crowd and wasn’t productive for a few years,” he said.

Mr Morgan later completed his A-level exams, went to university and co-founded an independent media outlet called Nupé Media, but still identifies with young people struggling to find their way in the world.

“I feel young people don’t always see the path into the workplace,” he said.

“I’m someone who understands. Everyone young I speak to says the app is needed.”

Mr Morgan says the app will particularly help those wanting to use digital skills in the workplace.

He is now refining the app and said he is in discussions with potential investors.

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