The UK Government’s Way to Work plan puts ready-to-work candidates into new roles – and helps employers find the right staff
Are you looking for a new job or would you like to fill a position? With Way to Work, Jobcentre Plus offers employers a recruitment service that can quickly find candidates who are a perfect match for them.
Jobcentre Plus has everything you need for a quick move. There are currently 1.3 million jobs in industries like warehousing, logistics, and manufacturing — so there are plenty of opportunities out there.
For employers, Jobcentre Plus has thousands of qualified candidates ready to fill your vacancies quickly. The pandemic has been tough on everyone and highly skilled people have been out of work for the first time.
Many may be considering a career change. These people can make a real difference to your business. And the UK government is working with employers to get 500,000 able-bodied candidates into work by the end of June.
Many well-known companies already trust Jobcentre Plus when looking for personnel – and you can do the same. To learn more, visit gov.uk/waytowork. The admission criteria apply.
“We had a lot of jobs but not enough people to fill them”
Screen printing company Paul Bristow Associates is just one of the employers who have partnered with Jobcentre Plus to fill open positions.
Based in Wrexham, the family-run business produces textiles, including t-shirts and printed bags – and is keen to attract younger people to positions.
“One of the issues we have is the perception of manufacturing as something we did in the Victorian era but no longer,” says director Ben Bristow.
“Of course that’s not the case – but it made it difficult to attract young people. Working with Jobcentre Plus gave us the opportunity to attract more young people to the business and give them a good foundation in print and textiles.
“Our staff worked very well with the Jobcentre Plus team who provided excellent support and really deserve a lot of credit.”
HR manager Lee Dixon, 35, agrees: “The people who work there have done a fantastic job. It hasn’t been easy with Covid and the fact that they’ve managed to get people into work is great.
“It’s also tremendously helpful for us as an employer, as there are many vacancies but not enough people to fill them. Working with the Jobcentre Plus team we have built a great relationship. They were top notch.
“Our recruits have been a huge help in bringing valuable skills to our company,” says Lee.
“We used them in packing, administration, sewing and sales. Another guy got a job in sustainability after coming to us from university. We also had people with additional learning needs and disabilities.”
‘My team made me very welcome and supported me‘
“When I left college in January 2020, I didn’t do my high school because I wanted a change, but then obviously the pandemic came along. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew I would be good at a computer-based job because it’s something I’m drawn to.
“Then I saw that JD Sports were promotional opportunities and I thought I’d go for it because it was an administrative role at a big company. It was actually the first one I applied for and everything went very quickly – and I got the job.
“My team at JD has been great from day one. They made me feel very welcome and supported me. On a day-to-day basis, I take care of all sorts of things, from personnel inquiries to drafting contracts to salary and pension issues. It pretty much gave me a whole picture of what it’s like to work in HR and I’ve been doing it ever since.
“I’ve always had an interest in human resources, but after six months of work I knew it was what I wanted to do.
“There was an option to stay and I am now training at JD and CIPD Level 3 in Human Resources. It was another perfect step for me and I’ve been with it for a year now and am really enjoying it. Starting work was pretty tough but I got so much support from my team. It’s a lot friendlier than I expected.
“Now I’m learning different parts of HR and building on what I did before. I struggled to find a job without one
experience, but now I just keep going.”
JD Sports Executive Chairman Peter Cowgill on how the company forged ties with Jobcentre Plus.
“We are proud to have partnered with Jobcentre Plus to provide much-needed employment, learning and development opportunities at a time when competition for jobs has been at an all-time high. Social inequality has only worsened during the pandemic, so giving young people a chance to succeed has never been more important.
“Our relationship with the DWP now spans all three nations in the UK, giving our branches, head office and distribution centers access to new talent pipelines and initiatives, not only facilitating our future recruitment needs but also allowing us to target candidates with social challenges support barriers, an area close to our hearts.”
‘Employees learn something new every day‘
“When I was building my start-up in the field of renewable energy, I was able to recruit new graduates by working with Jobcentre Plus.
“We are part of the Edinburgh Business School incubator where we receive office space, mentoring and support. Since the graduates joined, we have moved to the phase of building a prototype.
“Without the program, recruitment would have been years away –
and having a few more minds working on the concept gave us a competitive edge.
“The candidates already knew when they started that they were not just working on their own tasks, but were learning something new every day. If you’re looking for experience, this is a great way to get it.”
‘It is important to personalize our service‘
“Our service helps employers and our clients meet face-to-face, which is crucial. Employer advisors speak to both employers and the work coaches who send clients who are ready to work.
“We can also help employers screen resumes and hold training events to prepare employees for the job and match them with the position available to them.
“I worked closely with Lee at Paul Bristow Associates, who came to events at the job center where groups of young people could come and talk to him about what roles they had to fill.
“Many employers were unaware of all the great services we offer, but the feedback we have received has all been very positive. Every employer’s needs are slightly different, so it’s really important to personalize our service.
“There are many sectors that struggle to fill vacancies, so we can help companies find a pool of candidates. We have large manufacturing facilities in North Wales that are struggling to recruit staff. There are also many jobs in the hospitality and care sector.”
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