Friday, April 15, 2016

News: Stafforce's national partnership to support jobseekers back into work

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Rotherham industrial and commercial recruiter Stafforce Recruitment has launched a partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to support a joint ambition to provide jobseekers with the help they need to successfully and sustainably return to the workplace.

Part of the ambitious Nicholas Associates Group, Stafforce has a head office on Percy Street in Rotherham town centre and a UK-wide network of sites, offering a range of services to national clients.

The National Framework Agreement allows Stafforce branches to partner with local Jobcentres to offer work experience opportunities to jobseeker claimants, with the aim to help them learn essential workplace skills, and to transition from benefits into work successfully.

Tony Boorman, director at Stafforce, said: "We are committed to working with the DWP to build a win-win partnership. The national agreement demonstrates our commitment to working fourfold with the DWP, JCP, Jobseekers and our portfolio of clients, with the ultimate aim of providing sustainable employment opportunities that will benefit all."

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A pilot scheme in Doncaster has already demonstrated the benefits of the initiative and tells the story of Christine, who was helped to gain a permanent administrator role following a two-week Work Experience placement with the branch. The scheme is being rolled out to all Stafforce branches across the UK, leading the way in supporting the unemployed improve their skills through work experience.

Having secured a role at Rejus Ltd, Christine said: "Taking part in the Work Experience opportunity and then moving into employment has reduced the burden of being unemployed. This is not altogether related to finances; it is great to have a good reason to get up in the morning and makes everything feel worthwhile.

"The future is really bright for me now I have plans to do further courses. This would not have happened had it not been for Jobcentre Plus and Stafforce and their endeavours to get me into the right job."

Nick Jenkins, head of continuous improvement at Stafforce, added: "The partnership with Jobcentre Plus is really working for us, an early view on Work Experience is that it has provided us with the opportunity to support Jobseekers to gain more knowledge and skills about the workplace and we have already supported other people like Christine to make the transition from benefits into work via the support of Government initiatives."

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