Recruit Fosse: supporting local people into jobs
Faheem Qureshi, Head of Employment Generation (Urban) at The Crown Estate
04 January 2016
I'm really pleased to see our local employment and training scheme at Fosse Shopping Park in Leicester, Recruit Fosse, helping local people into jobs and delivering retailer benefit – a win/win for our local communities and commercial partners.
In the run up to Christmas 2015, we hosted a Jobs & Skills Fair at Fosse, bringing together 40 local employers and support services, all under one roof to help local unemployed people into work or training.
Delivered in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, Blaby District Council and Jobcentre Plus, the event attracted 560 visitors. Employers and other organisations received over 3,000 enquiries and invited 188 people for interviews. Almost 100 people found work, nearly 50 gained training places and more than 20 started apprenticeships.
In addition, almost 40 people took part in workshops on the day to improve their CVs, develop interview skills and get advice on starting their own business. Those furthest from the job market were invited to attend early, so they could speak with potential employers and trainers in a quieter environment.
Feedback on the event was excellent – with 98% of organisations saying they would definitely come to future events and 73% of jobseekers rating the event as excellent or very good, with no negative scores and lots of positive comments.
Earlier in the year, we delivered The Prince’s Trust’s Get into Retail programme at Fosse, in partnership with South Leicestershire College. With around one in five young people in the UK not in work, education or training, we are delighted to support initiatives to help young people develop the key skills and confidence they need to move into employment and other positive outcomes.
12 young people progressed through the four-week Get into Retail course at Fosse, gaining a nationally recognised Level 1 retail qualification, building their employability skills and benefiting from valuable work experience. The young people were also able to access support for six months after the programme, including help with their interview skills and CV writing.
On their work placements with retailers, candidates got the chance to meet employers, gain hands-on experience and learn about merchandising, point of sale, stock rotation and more. After impressing the store managers on their placements, two thirds of the young people were offered jobs with brands including Currys.