Working well with employers to get residents into work

The Works Better team works with businesses across the Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield to improve their recruitment practices, championing the importance of inclusivity in the workplace and matching Works Better candidates to local jobs.  Saving time, resource and providing enthusiastic staff is what our business community requires to make it easier to create more jobs and build a sustainable economy. So far Works Better has worked with a wide range of local employers across many sectors to create employment opportunities for Works Better participants.

They encourage ‘Paperless Recruitment’ Job Connectors have worked alongside employers to adopt alternative recruitment practices which focus on recognising each applicant’s potential rather than focussing on the CV or Job Application forms.

Debbie’s story

Debbie’s story shows how paperless recruitment and encouraging inclusivity supports people into work.

Debbie had limited work experience after becoming a full-time mum.

Debbie had only ever worked in one job before as she had spent most of her adult life being a full-time parent to her six children. Limited work experience and ongoing childcare responsibilities were acting as a barrier to work.

However, coaching and support from her Transitional Support Worker helped Debbie recognise and develop transferable skills learnt as a parent. Impartial information advice and guidance helped to identify of roles available that would suit her family life.

With the help of her Transitional support worker Debbie we found a role that was perfect for her. We encouraged the employer to meet candidates based on a job connector pre-screening process without the need for a CV beforehand. The Job Connector also ensured that the employer was aware of Debbie’s situation and the need to work flexibly occasionally.

Debbie has been in work for over 6 months now and feels more independent. When the Works Better team caught up with Debbie she said:

“I absolutely love working here, this job has given me so much confidence and time for myself. I haven’t worked for a long time, I’ve always just raised my children, the 16 hours a week gives me my own independence and I get to meet new people.”

More information

Works Better is part funded through the European Social Fund and delivered through a collaboration of six partners (Kirklees Council, Fusion Housing and Paddock Community Trust, Calderdale Council, Newground, Wakefield Council and Groundwork) across Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield.

If you would like support into work visit the Works Better website or call 01484 221000 (and ask for works better) to speak to our team.


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