Working with employers
If you are a business looking to employ then it is well worth talking to your local Workways+ office.
Workways+ is a fully funded service aimed at helping unemployed people back into work. We have a range of people currently engaged with the service and just waiting for the right business to work for.
Workways+ knows that it is important for all businesses to employ staff that have the right attitudes and skill sets. Workways+ Employment Liaison Officers (ELO) will meet with you to gain an in-depth understanding of the role and the type of person needed to fill it. We will then search our group of participants to find ideal candidates.
We may even be able to arrange for you to provide a trial period for one of our participants for up to 12 weeks with Workways+ paying the participant’s wage. You wouldn’t need to pay anything. This way the participant gets work experience and the employer gets a chance to evaluate a new member of staff without it costing them. Many employers that have taken this opportunity are delighted with the participant and at the end of the ‘paid work opportunity’ they are only too happy to take them on full time.
Workways + support leads to great job for single mum
A former Operator Mechanic in Communications within the Royal Navy, Sharon’s life was on a positive course. However, whilst serving in the Navy Sharon had a serious accident causing physical injury. Leaving the Navy, Sharon was keen to get a job. Sharon approached the employment support service Workways+.
Workways+ assigned Sharon a mentor. Workways + then assigned her an Employment Liaison Officer, Lesley Nicolson, to help her decide what she would like to do and then search for appropriate jobs. Lesley identified a Swansea based company, Green Hat Consulting as a potential employer. Green Hat had a position available for an administrator. This appealed to Sharon and an interview was arranged. Lesley discussed the position with Ian James, Director, Green Hat Consulting and arranged for Workways+ to fund a 16 week ‘Paid Work Opportunity’.
A PWO is a service that benefits both the employee and employer. The Workways+ PWO funds the wages for the prospective employee for 16 weeks, which gives the employee and employer time to get to know each other and decide whether it is the right opportunity for both of them, before the employer commits any funding. Sharon excelled in her interview and was employed for 16 weeks on a Workways+ ‘PWO’. A delighted Ian James was so pleased with Sharon that on completion of the ‘PWO’, Green Hat Consulting offered her a full time job.
Ian James said, “Sharon is a great addition to our team and as the company expands, Sharon’s role will grow as well. This is our first time employing someone via a ‘Paid Work Opportunity’ and I have to say it has been of great benefit to us. Workways+ helped screen and select suitable candidates for interview saving time and effort and is a big improvement from simply relying on interviews. Workways+ offers a great service and they work hard at supporting businesses as well as supporting unemployed people. I would recommend the services to any business.