Our initiative was created in 2018 to utilise our employment skills and expertise to support stakeholders, whose objectives are to enhance the employability of people.
The forms of engagement our initiative provide are:
Day in, day out, our consultants provide feedback on candidate CVs. Therefore, we are well placed to offer advice. This can be done through webinars, by email or on the phone, during which we offer advice on CVs, covering letters and applications.
Many young people may not have attended a professional interview before, so in order to ensure they have practical experience, our representatives run workshops.
Our senior team embark on programmes with individuals to advise and guide them through the transition from education to work. This is done virtually and with regular conversations.
A large part of our employability work also comes from our partnership with Young Women's Trust, where we provide 450 hours of support to their Work it Out CV service. Each week we thoroughly review and provide valuable feedback on CV’s, job applications and covering letters.
We asked some of our employees why involvement in our various initiatives is important to them.
"Offering support and guidance to disadvantaged groups through our range of employability programmes is a real privilege, and an opportunity to use our expertise and support individuals to navigate a complex market. No matter your background, engaging in the job market is challenge at the best of times, and in the current climate has been really disheartening for many. Our employment initiatives have been focused on offering detailed toolkits that allow individuals to take charge of their progress now and in the future, and we have been even more excited to reach more people virtually by embracing technology.”
“I help the Work It Out programme to try and make a difference for young women seeking support in (re)entering the workplace. It's a rewarding way to use the skills I have gained in this job to give back a little in the hope of helping someone build their future”
"Knowing that the skills and knowledge I have shared have made even the slightest difference to someone's confidence or the ability to secure a new role is very rewarding. For me, it's really important that I use the experience I have been fortunate enough to gain to help those who need it, address inequality and give something back to society.”
"Employability initiatives are a vital way to share knowledge and provide advice to people who may be struggling to find work or to change career paths. As a recruiter, it is a great way to utilise my skills outside of my day to day job, whether it be through mentoring, writing articles, facilitating workshops or hosting webinars. Not only is it beneficial to the participants of employability schemes, but it is also a fantastic way to gain new skills of my own and to champion adaptability. When we are able to promote positivity and motivation through these initiatives, then it is time incredibly well spent."