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People 1st: Helping The Unemployed

people1Employers in some parts of the sector are over reliant on migrant workers whilst others find it difficult to recruit new staff due to poor perception and image of the sector.

Only a third of employers use job centres to advertise vacancies as the quality and outcome of pre-employment support for the sector does not meet employer needs.  The current system does not harness the opportunities for job seekers to realise their potential in a growth sector. 

The investment includes five strands of work: raising the standard of pre employment training delivery; developing the concept of an employment academy model; piloting the employment academy concept in low qualification zones to provide opportunities; providing SMEs with easier access to a talent pool of appropriately trained individuals (to a recognised industry standard) and strengthening links between pre employment and apprenticeships.

Return on Investment

  • 7,000 individuals in low qualification zones trained through employer academies
  • 3,500 find work in the sector saving £28m pa in benefit claims
  • SMEs able to access individuals that are pre-employment trained to a recognised industry standard

UK Commission investment: £1,033,291
Employer/Other Investment: £166,200  
Employer/Other in-kind investment: £50,000

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