The Hub Wage Incentive
Colin, who is deaf, was looking for work and signing on at the Job Centre.
Lesley English, Employability Officer at The Hub ESF, had gone to a meeting with the Job Centre Plus Partnership Team.
We knew about a vacancy for a forestry worker in a local sawmill that we have a good relationship with. Lesley mentioned this vacancy at the meeting, and one of the Partnership Team said, “We’ve got someone that could be right for the job,” so our client came round here and registered, then we worked with him to build his interview skills. He went there for an initial chat, then they invited him back for an interview, and he got the job!
One challenge that job-seekers can face is finding, or finding out about, the right jobs. Because we have a great relationship with employers such as the sawmill, they contact us directly to ask if we have any suitable candidates. The sawmill manager is also really supportive of our younger clients or those with that real barrier to employment.
We have a great relationship with other partners such as the Job Centre, so it’s easier for us to match jobs and clients. That’s how The Hub ESF can really help.
Colin is settling well and proving to be a really hard worker, and one of the Manager's in the sawmill decided to improve his communications and learn sign language, which is great.
Anyone can come to The Hub centre for support into work, and if you face two or more serious barriers to employment, our ESF Employability Pipeline team can give you targeted support.
For example, you might have left school after 4th Year and be keen to work but not know where to start. You might have been made redundant and be struggling to find your place in society again. You might be tackling issues around mental health or be long-term unemployed. Or you might be nearing retirement age and finding that there aren’t as many doors opening to you.
We help you to find out what you’d like to do next. That could be getting back into the same sort of job you’ve had before, or doing something completely new and different. We encourage you to think outside the box and try new opportunities. We have lots of great ideas, and we have good relationships with supportive, welcoming employers.
We help you to believe in yourself and develop your skills and confidence, so that you will feel ready to take the next step.
Karen Henderson, ESF Employment Support Advisor, says: “I like to see people coming in every week, and moving forward, and their confidence is building and they’ve got a real passion for something that we’ve talked about. I’ve said to them, try thinking outside the box, what about this, and they’ve never thought about that before. And if they get a job, that’s fantastic. Or they might go to college, they might want to get back into studying. I like just seeing the change in people.”
We did a fantastic project with St Johnstone Football Club and some guys who were on the Community Payback order. We delivered employability skills, including mock interviews and CVs. We even got our tracksuits on to do fitness training with them!
Read about St Johnstone FC / Criminal Justice project
Karen says: “I’d like to continue my work with homeless people, delivering Employability skills. I’d like to do group sessions for anyone who’s interested, too, so that our clients can meet and share experiences.”
Lesley adds, “We offer Skills Academies in Construction and Hospitality but I’d like to develop them in other areas of work. I’d also like to work more closely with Criminal Justice, to support those with criminal records to move on and find work. We’d also like to go out and target groups of clients and invite them to use the service.”
If you’re looking to move into work, volunteering or training, the easiest way is to pop in and visit us, at 31-33 South Street, or call 01738 459609. We are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (9.30am – 12.30pm on Wednesdays). You can just pop in – you don’t need an appointment.
We’ll have an initial chat to find out what you need support with and how we can work together.
If you’re an employer who’d like to work with us or find out more about our Skills Academies, Wage Incentive scheme or Job Match service, please call 01738 459609 or email [email protected]