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Carillion secured employment for 200+ in 2013

The achievement was delivered through a partnership between SkyBlue (the recruitment arm of Carillion’s business) and Job Centre Plus, which gives automatic access to all of the company’s job vacancies via the Job Centre Plus website, as well as providing work experience support and mentoring. 

What’s more, since SkyBlue began working with Job Centre Plus in 2003 it has placed in the region of 8,000 people – all of whom were unemployed and claiming benefits at that time.

The initiative forms part of Carillion’s support for the UK Government’s drive to improve social mobility, which is cemented in the SkyBlue & lsquo;Equality and Diversity Recruitment Model’.  Through this, the company seeks to widen the scope of its recruitment by engaging with members of the community that are commonly overlooked in the employment market because of their underprivileged backgrounds or disabilities.  The model is used throughout the business to engage, recruit, train and monitor labour from under-represented groups.

Dave Massingham, SkyBlue inclusion manager, explained, “There’s a war for talent and like any other recruitment agency, we’re fighting to find the best candidates for our clients, in an industry that’s hampered by serious skills shortages.  Widening our network to include vulnerable and hard to reach groups means we’re able to significantly increase the talent pool, as well as helping improve the prospects of many people that would otherwise be excluded from the workplace.”

Working on a very local level with partner charities, as well as work placement and disability organisations, SkyBlue has offered more than 140 work experience placements through the network – typically lasting around six weeks and offering valuable skills and workplace exposure.

One such example is David Oldfield 26, from Walsall, West Midlands, who was born with the eye condition nystagmus and is registered blind.  After struggling to find employment for six years, David turned to Action for Blind People for help. The organisation supported him in securing a work placement with SkyBlue.  At the end of his six-week placement, David was recruited permanently by the company and is now employed in the central administration team.

Oldfield commented, “Thanks to the opportunity and the support from SkyBlue and Action for Blind People, I have obtained a full time paid job and have been given the chance to show my potential as an individual rather than through my disability.  Before this, I had no hope or aspirations for my future job prospects but Elaine, my employment coordinator at Action for Blind People, did not give up on me.  She kept working with me, which kept me going.  Since joining SkyBlue, I have been given the chance to shine with an employer who cares about my personal development.”

“David is an invaluable member of the SkyBlue team he is a living proof of the untapped talent hiding in the harder to reach groups. Accessing and developing this talent will continue to be at the forefront of SkyBlue sustainable recruitment strategy” says Katarina Fidler, SkyBlue general manager.


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