Employment and skills

TraineeOver recent years, a number of government initiatives has been introduced to improve employment and skills, and to address certain economic challenges, including:

  • funding for employers to enhance the skills available in the workplace
  • support for people to remove barriers to finding and staying in employment
  • skills and employability training for those recently made redundant

Many of these programmes are commissioned at a regional or sub-regional level and delivered by prime contractors working with a network of local providers. Most have a strong focus on sustainable job outcomes or career progression. Effective partnership working has been essential to achieving targets for the programmes.

Expert help from an experienced partner

C&K Careers has partnered a wide range of prime contractors and local organisations to deliver successful employment and skills programmes, bringing a number of unique benefits to these relationships:

We work across all age groups and deliver a range of complementary contracts, thereby ensuring a seamless service to young people entering adult provision

Our in-depth knowledge of the local scene and young NEET, and our excellent network of contacts add value to our partnerships

We provide holistic career solutions, endeavouring to address underlying issues that are barriers to education, employment and training

We offer specialist expertise, including careers guidance and information services

Our information team produces highly regarded labour market information and other resources, ensuring the information and advice given is labour-market focused

We provide employability workshops and redundancy support

Through excellent contacts with local employers, our work-related services team organises over 7,500 work experience placements a year with hundreds of companies across all industry sectors

Our highly skilled, experienced professional advisers, some with community language skills, all hold a minimum Level 3 in Advice and Guidance; with the majority qualified at level 4 and many qualified to Level 6. A number hold the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) qualification

Our training team delivers a range of accredited and non-accredited courses for information, advice and guidance workers

Within Calderdale and Kirklees, we operate from well-resourced careers centres, as well as over 100 outreach locations, providing excellent access to services

Our reputation for meeting and often exceeding targets is well proven

Adding value to Jobcentre Plus

We have excellent relationships with Jobcentre Plus within Calderdale and Kirklees, and offer a co-located service. As a result, we have developed a sound knowledge of their provision and customers.

We support Jobcentre Plus in specific areas of its broad agenda. Jobcentre Plus tells us that we are regarded as an independent and impartial ‘helping agency’ and appreciates the difference our specialist IAG expertise can make to their customers’ realistic decision making and successful job search.

Further proof that we add real value to the work of Jobcentre Plus is demonstrated by our success with Flexible Support Grant funding:

We were recently awarded grants to run employability provision for graduates and CV workshops across Calderdale and Kirklees, and a pre-apprenticeship programme across West Yorkshire

Improving access for prime contractors

These are mainly national and sometimes international organisations, to which we provide our local knowledge and experience of young people. This has added to our track record of building effective public-private partnerships with private sector prime contractors, and helped fulfil the Government’s goal of involving more social enterprises in service delivery.

Drawing on our extensive partner network and outreach facilities, we assist prime contractors in accessing broader customer groups, in particular those eligible for programmes who are not in regular contact with traditional agencies, such as Jobcentre Plus.

The GO experience has been fantastic. Our adviser is energetic and so lovely. After one day I left knowing a lot more about how my strengths relate to the graduate job market and what I need to do to improve my CV into a winning CV'. client interviewee, matrix report, January 2016.

"We send clients to you with no experience of job interviews to gauge their level and your feedback is always so thorough that we can address issues and build them into action plans. We also forward serial interviewees. For this type of client, your advice gives them tangible targets to help improve their interview skills... many have found work at their next interview. We feel your service is by far the best interview preparation we can offer our clients."
Group Facilitator, Prime Contractor (Welfare-to-Work provider)

"I wanted to pass on some really positive feedback from our adviser team meetings. In particular, advisers from each job centre were very complimentary of your CV service and described the CVs as excellent. We very much welcome the support you offer Jobcentre Plus and our customers.” Relationship Manager, Jobcentre Plus

For further information:

Contact: Rosemary, New Business Development Manager
Call: 01484 225500
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