We are pleased to have set up two Employment Integration Board partnerships (EIBs) in Solent and Oxfordshire to help maximise employment opportunities for people who face barriers into work, particularly as unemployment continues to surge and the competition for vacancies intensifies.

The two EIB partnerships bring together Jobcentre plus, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), local authorities, careers, training and housing organinsations. The idea is to drive employment and skills provision, create employment outcomes, and help local employers to recruit great people.

Despite the challenges ahead, we are collaborating with local employers to develop career pathways in a range of growth sectors including health and social care, constrution and other sectors that have historically found it difficult to recruit people into sustainable jobs.

Careers in Care

In Hampshire and Oxfordshire, we are planning  virtual ‘Careers in Care’ roadshows to encourage local people to consider a career in health and social care. The idea is to break down pre-conceived myths about the sector and introduce it as a well paid, progressive and rewarding career option. The event will include a range of speakers including employers, carers, and receivers of care and their families.

We are hoping these events will facilitate a blue-print of virtual roadshows to encourage jobseekers to reconsider their transferrable skills and how they might apply to a range of new growth sectors.

Careers in Construction

Similarly, in Southampton, we are working with Southampton Council, DWP, health and other EIB partners to develop career and skills pathways into construction and drive recruitment within the sector – in particular to encourage mature apprenticeships. So far, Southampton Council and their co-providers have had 1,000 people come through their construction programme of which 400 have moved into jobs in construction.

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