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Stafforce - Getting Sheffield Back to Work

Stafforce - Getting Sheffield Back to Work

Recruiter joins council and Job Centre to get the unemployed reinstated into employment

Sheffield and Rotherham recruiter, Stafforce, has been partnering Sheffield City Council and Jobcentre Plus to help newly unemployed people in the business, administration and finance sectors back into work quickly via a number of innovative recruitment methods.

An initial group of 43 recent jobless were identified, with the aim of getting at least 18 of them back into permanent work, or & lsquo;temp to perm’ (temporary work with the prospect of a permanent position).

Opportunities were identified by interrogating vacancies registered with Stafforce and through the company’s ongoing liaison with clients taking instructions and counselling on where there is a need for able players.

Every candidate was assessed on their job readiness and which available posts they would be most suitable for. These exercises were followed by intensive preparation and coaching of the individuals for interview, then the vacancy requirements, if successful, and, finally, in-work support for both individual and employer as they start their professional relationship.

In charge at Stafforce is Director of Services, Paul Brammer, who has worked closely with the city’s employment agencies at every stage of the project.

He said: “This is an example of private and public sector organisations with common aims adopting a flexible approach to work efficiently at helping individuals and local markets. The longer somebody is out of work the harder it is for them to get back into it. Employers baulk at a long career gap, while the grip of psychological factors, such as depleted confidence and inertia become ever tighter as weeks pass."

John Powell, Senior Project Officer at Sheffield City Council’s Employment and Skills Team commented: “The aim of the programme was to prevent job loss becoming a long term prospect, and to ensure that vital skills and experience are not lost to the economy. This partnership has enabled Stafforce to successfully engage with individuals further away from the labour market and support them back into the labour market."

Carly Cotton was one of the people supported by the programme and she has been back in work in a business administration role for five weeks now. It has already made a massive difference to her life. She says: “I hated having to take my two young children to sign on and found it so demoralising. Now I’ve actually managed to find a part-time job that fits in with my family and it’s great. I’m really enjoying working, I feel so much happier and it has given me a boost to my confidence.”

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