Swansea Restart Centre Open Day
Today the Restart team in Swansea welcomed partners and various organisations from across Swansea to their open day. The event was well attended with over 50 guests who came to listen to guest speakers and sample taster training sessions.
Our Swansea office is a real trail blazer site for PeoplePlus as they completely embed themselves in the local community by providing free space to organisations that offer support in benefits and financial advice, health & wellbeing, industry specific training and substance miss use so participants can easily access further support all in one place, when they need it. It was fantastic to see representation from many of the organisations they work with today. Including a fun and interactive session by Adrian Rabey, CEO of The British Training Board.
Guests also heard from Jonathan Mayne, Restart Regional Lead, from the DWP who gave a great overview of the Restart programme. He talked about its success and how the Restart Programme has supported 10,000 people across Wales so far. They also heard from Kim Ann Williams, a local Civil Service Coordinator for Wales who gave some good insight into the civil service sector.
Staffline, the biggest recruiter in the UK, were also there to support and speak. One of the unique things about the Swansea office is Staffline are on sight allowing the full participant journey to be completed all under one roof. Simone Challan led the talks about how using a joined up approach has worked so well for them, PeoplePlus, participants and local employers. Not only are they able to fill local employer vacancies with candidates from the PeoplePlus Restart programme, who have skills to match their requirements, but they have so far managed to produce a 100% sustainable employment rate for those participants who have been placed into work. A true success story that is having a positive impact on the local society and economy.
The afternoon offered taster training sessions which included: First aid in the workplace from The British Training Board, Benefits of temporary recruitment from Staffline, and Mental health and the stigma from FSD Training.
Nick Moss, Business Manager for Swansea, said
“This was a fantastic event, and I would like to thank everyone who came or took part today. We are offering something truly unique in Swansea, supporting local people into sustainable employment and making a direct difference to their lives. I am so proud of what we have achieved so far.”