Teenage jobseeker upset after letter mix-up

Jozef Frost
Jozef Frost
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A BUILDING firm has apologised to an unemployed teenager interviewed for an apprenticeship only to receive a letter of rejection days later – dated from before he even attended.

Jozef Frost, aged 16, from Gleadless, Sheffield, who is awaiting his GCSE results from Henry Fanshawe School in Dronfield, was disappointed enough to have been unsuccessful with his application for the post at Kier Sheffield.

The youngster’s dad Andrew Frost, who works as a builder and joiner, said Jozef’s jaw dropped when he saw the date on the rejection letter.

But Jozef’s fears the decision on who got the job had been made before the interview have been dismissed.

A spokeswoman for Kier Sheffield, which is contracted to provide Sheffield Council’s maintenance work, reassured the family the decision on who the successful candidate was made after the interviews.

She said: “This was an unfortunate typographical error and we would like to reassure Mr Frost the letter was written after the interview.”

Andrew said: “Jozef went for the interview on July 28 and received the letter the next day dated July 27.

“It was for an apprenticeship post as a heat and ventilation engineer, but they wrote back and said all they could offer him was a placement cutting grass for £20 a week.

“I complained and was told the date on the letter was a misprint, but Jozef was so disappointed.

“Surely, their computer should have corrected the date – or at least the latter could have been checked properly before it was put in the post.”

Andrew said his son is instead following his ‘back-up plan’ of a place at Castle College, studying an electrical engineering course.