Our mission is built on the core foundation of creating social value through recruitment, helping the disadvantaged and underrepresented increase their chances of finding work. We help overcome employment barriers, increase self confidence and raise awareness of the opportunities within construction.
We have established key partnerships with prisons, councils, employment hubs and transition programmes. By working with these and other voluntary sector organisations, we are able to find the right candidates who want to learn, earn and take control of their futures.
50% of employers wouldn’t consider hiring an ex-offender.
39% of Careleavers aged 19-21 are NEET
61% of medium and large organisations would not employ someone with no industry experience.
71% less likely to find a job after being unemployed for 12 months.
We are striving to improve the lives of ex-offenders, ex-military, care leavers and the local unemployed. We look to give meaningful support to those most distant from the labour market.
By engaging with these demographics, we provide awareness and expert solutions to ensure everyone has a fair chance at obtaining employment.
Key Challenge: Lack of Stability
It is reported that 50% of individuals in the care system feel in unstable accommodation; care leavers also disproportionately underachieve academically.
A care leaver is defined as someone who has previously been in local authority care from the age of 14 and is over 16. Every year 10,000 16-18 year olds leave foster or residential care in England and can often suffer serious disadvantages compared to their peers. Instability and lack of role models can hinder skill development, confidence and the transition into adulthood. We believe it is important to make sure that these challenges faced in childhood don’t then affect their ability for success in later life.
Key Challenge: Surrounding Stigma
There is an estimated 11 million people in the UK with a criminal conviction. Once released from prison, re-offending is much more likely if the individual can’t find employment, creating a cycle of re-offending. There is a huge stigma surrounding the hiring of ex offenders, with 50% of employers saying they would not consider hiring someone with a conviction. Despite this, two thirds of companies employing ex-offenders would recommend others do the same as many are motivated to work, reliable and grateful for the opportunity.
Long Term Unemployed
Key Challenge: Lack of Confidence and Awareness
For those actively seeking employment, unemployment can often be detrimental to mental health and physical well-being. Whilst initially the thought of finding a job can be exciting, with passing time and multiple rejections people can become demotivated, unfocused, stressed and pessimistic. Those who are long term unemployed are at risk of becoming detached from the labour market and lacking the confidence necessary to gain employment.
Unemployment can happen to anyone for a range of reasons.
Key Challenge: Lack of On-Site Experience
Each year, 16,000 men and women leave the UK’s armed forces. They go on to join a veteran population of 2.6 million, roughly 900,000 of whom are of working age.
Ex-Military personnel almost always have the required qualifications but lack on-site experience, making it hard to them to gain work. The transferable skills they’ve acquired during their service careers are often not recognised by civilian employers, much to their detriment. Veterans tend to be reliable, perform well under pressure and have leaderships qualities that can help fill skill shortages within an organisation.
“You don’t set out to build a wall… You don’t start there. You say, I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. You do that every single day, and soon you have a wall”
– Will Smith.
Statistics show that the UK economy faces significant skill gaps. The UK commission for employment and skills has estimated that 12.5 million vacancies will become available between 2012 and 2022 due to an ageing work force. It is estimated that the Construction industry will need 36,000 new recruits per year from 2017 – 2021.
According to the CIPD, over half of employers are struggling to fill these vacancies, demonstrating the need for new methods of recruitment. By recruiting from hard to reach groups, you explore diverse new talent pools that generates a dedicated and confident workforce whilst also changing lives for the better.
We only work with people who demonstrate drive, ambition and reliability. With over 20,000 candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds and skills, we can help you find the right candidate to suit your needs.