An Electrical Contractor, Lightworks Services Ltd, has been able to recruit new staff and upskill its existing workforce at no cost by making use of two funded employability programmes; Skills Support for the Workforce and the Restart Scheme.
Skills Support for the Workforce is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), therefore,Lightworks Services Ltd was able to access the support at no financial cost to the business.
Roger and Marlena, a dynamic husband and wife duo, had been looking for a new Administrative Assistant to join the family-run Lightworks team for months, with no success despite advertising.
After airing her recruitment challenge with the Black Country Growth Hub, Marlena was signposted to Dominic Murphy, Partnership Coordinator for Serco’s Skills Support for the Workforce programme. Dominic advised Marlena to consider an alternative - advertising for an Administrative Assistant, with the offer of an Apprenticeship once in-post. Dominic says:
Dominic introduced Marlena to Restart Scheme Partnership Coordinator, Sue Gaskell, who worked with her to find, interview and onboard this position. Sue says:
Whilst Evan was onboarded into the business, the Restart Scheme facilitated his Right to Work to further reduce the stress for both employer and employee at this critical time. To make for a seamless transition, Dominic took the reins, meeting with Marlena and Evan to explore what training would suit both Evan’s ambition and the business’ needs. Dominic concludes:
Through Dom and Sue’s joint working, Marlena is growing her business sustainably and at little cost to create meaningful career pathways for her staff and protect retention rates.
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