Job Market Boosted by Back to Work Parents

Friday 15 September 14:47

Local employers are being asked to contact Social Security’s Back to Work team if they have part-time vacancies, particularly ones which can fit around school hours. This is to fulfil demand for over 100 parents who are claiming Income Support and are returning to work because their youngest child is starting nursery.

In the past few weeks, Back to Work advisors have met 107 mums and dads who are
now looking for jobs to help them get back into the work place.  In addition, there are
a further 27 parents who need to increase their working hours because their
youngest is moving from nursery up to school.  Many of these have extensive
experience, qualifications and are enthusiastic and capable.  All of the parents are
Entitled or Entitled to Work.
 
Back to Work provides support for these parents to refresh their skills and develop
new ones, alongside one-to-one mentoring with a Back to Work advisor.  In
partnership with employers, this support continues for up to six months after they
start work to ensure a smooth transition back into the workplace.
 
Deputy Graham Truscott, Social Security Assistant Minister, said: “September and
October provide a unique opportunity for employers to discover this wealth of new
talent returning to the job market.  Past candidates have found work in many different

sectors including hospitality, retail, catering, finance, IT, construction, administration

and marketing.  Therefore, if they have potential roles, I would urge local employers

to contact Back to Work Recruitment as soon as possible.”
 
In the past two years Back to Work has helped over 260 parents return to work when
their youngest child has started nursery or school.  Many of these have found long
term, sustainable employment and have moved towards financial independence.  
Back to Work Recruitment offers employers a comprehensive range of free
recruitment services.  These include: candidate search and selection, job trials,
training and work placements, job match events, shortlisting, interviewing, industry or
company specific recruitment campaigns and financial incentives to support training
needs.
 
Employers who have any roles which may be suitable for parents returning to work,
or who are interested in the services offered by Back to Work Recruitment, should
call 01534 447411 or email backtowork@gov.je.

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