Over the last 12 months, 491 local employers have filled vacancies with the support of the Nottingham Jobs Hub employing, between them, over 2,700 city residents.
A further 1,953 jobless Nottingham residents have benefited from training while 3,977 people have had some form of work experience.
An additional 400 employers have pledged to use the Hub for future recruitment.
This year alone, the Jobs Hub has worked with a range of employers in the private and public sectors, including:
- D&G Taxis
- Canal Engineering
- Nottingham City Transport
- Premiere Inn
- Taylor Woodrow
- Willmot Dixon Housing
The Nottingham Jobs Hub pulls together professional careers advisers from the Ofsted rated outstanding Futures Advice, Skills and Employment, Nottingham City Council’s recruitment experts and Jobcentre Plus work coaches, all of whom are best placed to support both employers to fill vacancies, and job seekers into work. It is one of the few examples of such collaboration in the country and is recognised for best practice by an international FT investment award.
To encourage employers to hire local people, the Jobs Hub also offers grants of between £1,000 and £7,000 to create apprenticeships, jobs and training opportunities. These particularly help those who face the biggest barriers to finding work.
Jordan Grainger, from Keepmoat Regeneration, which recruited five apprentices, said: “Nottingham Jobs Hub made the recruitment process far easier than it would have been if I were to seek the applicants myself. They did an excellent job sourcing and screening the candidates alongside organising an interactive and effective selection event. As a result we have recruited quality apprentices and they have settled into the role really well and they’re showing great potential.”
Steve Holecza, from Aspley, completed an apprenticeship in site carpentry and joinery after leaving school but struggled to find work in the sector. For several years, he has been in alternative employment. Desperate to get into the construction trade and become fully competent as a site joiner, Steve approached the Jobs Hub for help, where he was offered a work experience placement with GF Tomlinson. So impressed were they with him that he was introduced to an on-site subcontractor for whom Steve now does work as a self-employed joiner. He says:
“The whole experience was fantastic. My placement gave me an opportunity to ask questions of people in the industry and I learned a lot. I was able to network and make contacts while receiving advice about how to get a job. Despite being trained I still found it difficult to get work. Getting experience on site gave me a foot in the door and provided an opportunity to impress with my skills. Luckily for me, this has led to some work with one of the contractors I met on site during my placement.”
Sam Webster, Nottingham City Council’s portfolio holder for Education, Employment and Skills, says: “The last 12 months has been our most successful year to date. The way in which three critical organisations that have a positive effect on people’s job and training outcomes work together in Nottingham is genuinely unique. We’re really proud of this collaboration. The Jobs Hub continues to play a key role in keeping Nottingham’s unemployment low and makes a major contribution to preventing young people becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training).”