400th person is Ready for Work
We’ve reached two milestones in our Ready for Work partnership with Business in the Community (BITC).
We want the majority of our volunteering activities to focus on young people and schools, and to help hard-to-reach groups build the skills needed for employment. In 2014, 4% of our people volunteered in these areas, and we almost doubled that in 2015, with nearly 7% doing so. We will continue to champion this kind of activity through BITC programmes and other organisations, which broaden opportunities for ex-offenders, the homeless and ex-service personnel.
We are one of the UK’s leading providers of work placements and job-related support under BITC’s Ready for Work national employment programme. In 2015, we helped our 400th person into employment through Ready for Work.
We have offered more than 1,000 Ready for Work placements over the last eight years; more than any other business. We’ve directly employed 130 people from the scheme, of whom 12% were ex-offenders, and 270 more have secured jobs with other employers.
“I thought I would never get a job. I was applying for hundreds of opportunities and my confidence was destroyed. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the course because I’d never worked on a building site, but the structure helped me get back on my feet. Everyone was so friendly and constantly looking out for me. Now, I can honestly say it’s one of the most enjoyable jobs I’ve ever had. I feel like I’ve just left school and I’m starting all over again.”
Steve, 400th Ready for Work client
Over 100 Carillion people also volunteer as job coaches each year with the programme.
In 2015, we piloted a project to extend Ready for Work to women looking to return to work. Twenty female employees mentored eight long-term unemployed women. Four have since found jobs.
120 Ready for Work placements in 2015, of which 50 turned into employment
“Volunteering as a job coach has been a different experience each time, and taught me more than I ever expected. The biggest lesson for me was how important work is in people’s lives, not just to earn money but to feel like you have value.”
Sally Harrison, Business Development Manager