Thursday, October 31, 2013

News: Key2Work in Rotherham and the Dearne Valley

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Labour Market Solutions Ltd, part of The Phoenix Group of Companies, have been awarded grant funding from Jobcentre Plus to promote to employers in Rotherham and the Dearne Valley their Wage Incentive Scheme which is worth £2,275 for each young person employed.

The programme, named Key2Work, will work with employers to fill vacancies with young people aged between 18 – 24 that are job ready and wanting to work. By taking on one of these pre-selected young people the employer could be entitled to payment of up to £2,275 per young person.

Key2Work has four marketing and sales consultants who will be contacting local employers to highlight the benefits of hiring young people who will attract the wage incentive, vacancies have to be for 16 hours or more and expected to last at least for 26 weeks. Once they have found the right person, they also assist companies in finding suitable training if required.

The young people are being referred from Jobcentre Plus to Key2Work where they will be interviewed by the consultants to establish which roles or vacancies will best suit them.

Paula Hamilton, manager at Labour Market Solutions, said: "The young people that have been referred from Job Centre have been of a very high standard, because this programme is voluntary everyone referred has a genuine desire to move into the job market, they just need a helping hand in the current economic climate."

The contract is run in partnership with Job Centre Plus using European Social Funds via their Flexible Support Fund and will run until the end of April 2014. Anyone wanting more information about the programme or has a vacancy that they want help filling please call 01709 786410 for more information.

Other parts of the group include Phoenix Enterprises, a social enterprise that helps increase employability and overcome social exclusion. As an expert provider in the Welfare to Work sector locally, Phoenix Enterprises has been carefully selected by one of the Jobcentre Plus prime contractors, Serco, to deliver part of the Governemnt's Work Programme across South Yorkshire on its behalf.

Ways2Work provide a wide range of services including advice on skills development and training, job matching and vacancy advertising. Its contracts include delivering the Skills Support for Unemployed in South Yorkshire for Dearne Valley College and Skills Support for Redundancy in South Yorkshire for Barnsley College.

Phoenix Enterprises website

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