In November last year leading careers advice, training and employment service, Futures Advice, Skills & Employment was awarded a contract from government to deliver adult training schemes across the East Midlands.
The programme supports unemployed people by equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed in a modern workplace, preparing them to apply for jobs and attend interviews.
Futures tailors programmes for the employers they are working with and has included sessions on customer service, interview techniques, maths and English. The programmes also include work placement opportunities and a guaranteed interview at the end of the programme.
Restaurant chain Frankie and Benny’s was one of the first companies to trial this bespoke recruitment model in its Nottingham and Chesterfield restaurants. The feedback from learners, and the employer was excellent, and now they want to roll the programme out across more of their restaurants.
Alea Casino having recently ran a recruitment programme through Futures, have been impressed with the quality of the service provided.
Emma Alleyne, House Manager at Alea, said: “I approached Futures to help us engage job seekers within the local community to fill positions on our dealer training school. The service I received from end-to-end was of the highest standard.
“Futures was able to tailor the programme to us by taking the time to understand our company ethos, recruitment strategy, what we were looking for in candidates and the skill base required for the role. The customer service training these candidates had through Futures was also tailored to our needs, meaning our new recruits already had a knowledge of expectations before they commenced their employment. I can definitely recommend their services for recruitment in the hospitality industry, and will be approaching them in the future for support with our recruitment needs.”
With 87.5% of the participants given an interview, and offered a position at the end of the programme. Alea are keen to continue working with Futures to support the recruitment of local people.
Futures continue to go from strength to strength with now establishing courses with large employers including Mansfield District Council, Premier Inn and McDonalds to help unemployed people find sustainable work.
Sandra Cowley, Commercial Director at Futures said “I’m thrilled with this achievement. At Futures we’re committed to supporting people into sustainable employment. Working with businesses like Frankie and Benny’s and Alea is exciting, we’re helping businesses to develop and grow whilst supporting unemployed people back into work and contributing towards the local economy.