CT Skills cultivates a strong partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions to support local employers and the Civil Service during a time of unprecedented demand.
Together, the partnership has collaborated to offer specialised training and recruitment within the unemployed or low-income communities through Sector-Based Work Academy Programmes (SWAPs).
CT Skills initially began working with the Department for Work and Pensions in 2018 to deliver Sector-Based Work Academies to employers seeking to hire jobseekers for a wide variety of roles. The SWAP structure provides pre-employment training and work experience to individuals who are ready to start a job but may need support to learn the skills and behaviours to meet employer needs.
As Jeanette, Employment Adviser at the DWP States: “This is true partnership working, CT Skills have been reactive to my requests to support employers via Sector-Based Work Academy Programmes (SWAPs) and been able to deliver bespoke programmes to best meet the employer in question. This has resulted in jobseekers being better prepared for their guaranteed job interview and pre-trained with skills that meet the needs of the employers leading to a return to employment.”
This partnership continued to develop as a solution for the Department for Work and Pension’s recruitment needs when a range of positions became available to join the Civil Service in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The programmes have been delivered every month since September 2020 and continue to offer outstanding training and employment prospects to local people. Courses have been established across Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire to date.
Since the launch of the Civil Service SWAP in September 2020, CT Skills have provided training to over 200 job seekers and prepared them for direct interviews with Civil Service employers such as HMRC and the Department for Work and Pensions themselves.
Jeanette stated “Due to a wide range of opportunities available to join the Civil Service, a SWAP has been a great way to offer jobseekers training and insight into how to navigate the application and interview process… It is something that I market to employers looking to recruit on a regular basis.”
CT Skills’ Chief Operating Officer Debbie Harris concluded “Building on our partnership with the DWP and our experience of developing the skills needs of the unemployed for local, regional and national employers over many years, we were honoured to be asked to support the DWP in their recruitment drive for Work Coaches. These roles are integral to our ability as a nation to support many unemployed people into sustainable jobs. During the pandemic our tutors have transitioned into a fully remote delivery offer with daily tutor-led training and support sessions, which combined with our bespoke offer to employers, has successfully supported people into work.”