Building Plymouth and DWP - Job Centre Plus Event Collaboration is a Success

On Wednesday 18th May Building Plymouth was pleased to support a Construction Jobs Fair at Bretonside Jobcentre. This was a collaborative event held with Jobcentreplus across the Zones.

The event was held to give Jobcentreplus customers interested in the Construction and the Built Environment sector the opportunity to talk to employers about jobs, apprenticeships, training and the careers available in this growing sector.

70 interviews were held with customers having the opportunity to speak to YGS Landscapes, PSI Global, Vistry, Paramount Personnel, Greenlight Safety & Training, Sherford and Building Plymouth. Customers who were on the start of their Construction journey also had the opportunity to register for tasters and the routeway/introduction to construction courses offered by Vistry and Sherford.

Feedback from from employers showed the value of this type of event. Some excerpts are included below.

*Great event, great candidates seen 14 with 4 offered further interviews,
Great to see people with an interest in construction already. Targeting and making it construction specific was really beneficial,
Met some good candidates will be looking to make some job offers,
Have found some suitable candidates to take forward,
Found 9 good candidates suitable for our next course,
Have offered candidates the opportunity to visit our next open/taster day.*

Customers who attended on the day also had a great experience and found the format of the day useful and informative.

*Brilliant event was made to feel at ease straight away,

Staff and employers were very helpful,

The pace of the event was just right and I saw a variety of recruiters,

Have further interviews with the employers next week. Thank you,

Very good event lots of choice friendly staff and employers all very helpful,

Glad I came got loads of helpful information. *

This type of feedback shows the event was well received, with job offers to come! For those who were not quite ready and need additional support to enter the sector training opportunities were offered.

This was the first construction specific event that was held as we emerge from the pandemic and working with Gary West – Employment Advisor, Construction Lead on the event is further evidence the collaborative approach we have with DWP for many years really works for their customers.

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