- July 1, 2019
- Posted by: Jenna Jack
- Category: News
Our Skills team were in Sparkhill, Birmingham last week celebrating Employability Day which showcases the great work providers like PeoplePlus do to make a difference to people’s lives. The team hosted a drop-in session to highlight how we are closing the gap for individuals with barriers into work by supporting them with training opportunities. The programme we were focussed on in Sparkhill was helping women from BAME backgrounds to gain the confidence to return to the world of work.
The ladies had the opportunity to meet representatives from PeoplePlus and discuss our skills courses and employment support such as interview tips and CV writing. Lots of our courses offer support for people who are unemployed, for which gaining a recognised qualification can a boost their CV and make them stand out when applying for jobs. This gives them the same chance at employment as other candidates without having to put them out of pocket.
We also had local employers in attendance on the day to discuss current and upcoming vacancies such as the Women’s Enterprise hub who work locally to help women gain financial independence. Also in attendance was the local councillor for Sparkhill and staff from Job Centre Plus who were on hand to give guidance around benefits and how the JCP could offer further development.
In Scotland we hosted an employability event to celebrate the progress made by the Fair Start Scotland programme, supporting individuals from Glasgow to the Highlands and Islands prepare for work. This could include confidence building, action planning, interviews tips and supporting individuals through the recruitment process.
We hosted a celebration open event at our office in Glasgow with participants from the Fair Start Scotland programme giving them the chance to meet with employers in the area who have current vacancies. The day also involved hearing stories from people already in work and hear how the programme made a difference to them.
Employers then gave participants the chance to talk to them privately about vacancies and for individuals to put themselves forward for the job. The event was a success with several participants being selected for interviews over the course of the next week with employers such as Teleperformance, Bill Gosling, and Betfred.
Our learners told us:
“It was so helpful to see other people who are in the same position as myself trying to find a job and to learn from people who had been successful in work.”
“Job searching and not hearing back from applications or getting any feedback can really knock my confidence but hearing from Cairne (PeoplePlus Team Leader) about her own job searching experience and how difficult she found it when she didn’t hear back really helped. It made me realise this happens to everyone and not just me!”
“Getting a chance to speak to employers about their recruitment process has opened my eyes to how many people might be applying for jobs, and it was really good to meet people who work in recruitment who could give me some tips about my applications.”
At PeoplePlus we are proud to run this programme to assist those with barriers into sustainable employment and Employability Day is a fantastic opportunity to support these individuals.