4,000 people in SW Wales find jobs with help from Workways
New figures show that over 4,000 people in South West Wales have
found jobs with the help of the South West Workways project.
This important milestone provides additional good news to a
recent report by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion which
found that "Workways is performing well against its key outcome
targets, with high levels of satisfaction from participants and
employers, and an excellent employment-outcome rate."
Workways helps jobseekers overcome the barriers which prevent
them from finding employment. The project is backed by the European
Social Fund through the Welsh Government and is led by Neath Port
Talbot Council in collaboration with Bridgend, Carmarthenshire,
Pembrokeshire and Swansea Councils.
Participants receive help with job applications, CVs, interview
techniques, personal development and access to training. Where
appropriate, they also undertake paid temporary jobs with local
employers to help them gain the experience needed to find long term
employment. This is a particularly successful part of the project
as 64% of participants who undertake a temporary job move into
permanent employment at the end of their contract.
Workways also provides recruitment support for local companies
by advertising vacancies to its pool of job ready participants,
shortlisting candidates, organising recruitment days and exploring
business support avenues. Since 2009, the project has been in
contact with 4905 businesses across South West Wales.
Marjorie Bartlett, Workways Regional Project Manager, said "This
is another important milestone for Workways. The achievement is a
testament to the hard work of the Workways team and the jobseekers
we have supported."
Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council said
"Congratulations to Workways and all the people across South West
Wales who have found jobs with the support of the project. Workways
provides invaluable support to jobseekers across South West