Work academies launched in Scunthorpe to help unemployed people get jobs in security

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 15 Nov 2018

Work academies have been set up to help people who are looking for employment to get specialist qualifications in the security sector.

The Scunthorpe Jobcentre plus branch joined forces with the People Plus employment support and training services company to launch the initiative, which aims to answer demand for staff.

The sector-based courses provide an opportunity for people who are claiming benefits to gain specialist qualifications in an area where there is a skills shortage.

Lorraine Gleed, employer advisor for Jobcentre Plus, said: "The courses last for three weeks and the customers come out trained with an SIA licence ready for employment in the security sector.

"Several employers have shown an interest in the candidates and interviews arranged for those completing the courses."


The Scunthorpe Jobcentre Plus branch, on Laneham Street, has teamed up with People Plus for the work academies (Image: Scunthorpe Live)

Among those to have taken part in the courses is Paul, who finished work as a steel fabricator and wanted to get back into employment as soon as he could.

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His Universal Credit work coach Julie suggested the course and Paul took the chance to gain a qualification and guaranteed interview.

He said: "I am very impressed with the jobcentre and the help I received. My unemployment was six weeks from start to finish, I got the help to get the qualifications I needed to gain my SIA licence and an interview where I got the job.

"The new Universal Credit system is brilliant on its online platform, I was able to record my jobsearch, check it for appointments with my work coach and even message her with any questions or concerns, it was a big help."

Anne Brewster, employer and partnership manager at the Scunthorpe Jobcentre Plus, said: "This is a clear example of how working in partnership can benefit customers and employers in the area.

"It is great news for Paul and all of the other candidates who took a step to gain new skills for work that is available.

"As the average working age is getting older, a sector based work academy can support those who may need to change career due to no longer being able to do their old job, alternatively a young person may want to gain new skills to start their career."

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Emma from People Plus said: "People Plus has more than 30 years' experience providing fully funded, skills specific training and qualifications tailored to local business needs.

"Our dedicated trainers have practical experience in their sector, ensuring that they are able to provide guidance about the qualities that are most valued by employers. We work closely with the DWP to provide courses that are relevant to the employment needs of the local area."

Any businesses looking for staff may benefit from the courses. For further detals, contact the employer team at the Scunthorpe Jobcentre Plus on 01724 274477.



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