Make hay while the sunshines!
PCMI are working with Pluss to deliver the Work and Health Programme in Portsmouth.
PCMI started monthly employer engagement days earlier this year and the fabulous summer meant our Change Coaches were eager to get out and about to meet with local employers.
On the first Wednesday of each month, advisers from all programmes get together and focus on engaging with businesses across the city. The day starts with a team meeting to agree which employers to target. Then they head off in pairs, visiting businesses to build the relationship and get the heads up on vacancies so that the door is opened for participant job matching.
In August, they put their recent telephone business development technique into place and hit the phones - following up some contacts already made and opening up new opportunities.
In September, they focused on running recruitment events on site. Local care company, Mayfair, has taken full advantage of our offer and visits have also been arranged for Platinum Care, Citrus Cleaning and Costa over the next few weeks.
With the Christmas seasonal job market looming, September saw Cosham Jobcentre Plus job fair happen. Not only were there seasonal jobs but a range of local companies looking for permanent employees too. PCMI had a stand to promote all activities on site. Later in September there was a similar event in the Cascades centre. All Work and Health Programme participants were invited to attend both of these fairs and many have secured employment.
On site we have run a range of interventions:
- Five Health & Safety courses
- Six Learn My Way group sessions
- Weekly IT training for beginners
- Arts & Crafts confidence building - three and six week courses
- Team Building - this was particularly popular with people with anxiety who saw their fears melt away as they socialised, built towers, bridges and catapults, and made new friendships.
- Six Interview Skills sessions
We also ran a 'Get Into Construction' course on site on behalf of the Prince's Trust. This ignited some of the participant's desire to enter the construction industry. We are now working with local companies to source placements while we put on a multi-trade construction skills course to include Health and Safety training, and CSCS tests to help them on the way.
The Work and Health Programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund.