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New partnership to find work for unemployed people in Wales
Industry skills body Asset Skills has formed a partnership with a specialist training provider in Wales to train and find work for 50 unemployed people.
The agreement signed between n-ergy group and the skills body's new social enterprise company Asset Skills for Employment, is part of a UK-wide programme called 'Routes to Employment', which is working to place 200 long-term unemployed candidates into jobs.
The 50 people in Wales will undergo training in employability and specialist cleaning and environmental services skills. Employers can place vacancies with the project and candidates will be trained specifically to fill those jobs.
Sarah Bentley, Chief Executive of Asset Skills, says: "Our new social enterprise company Asset Skills for Employment will work closely with n-ergy to get the greatest benefits for employers and jobseekers in Wales. Combining our knowledge and industry contacts with the expertise of n-ergy, we can ensure a coordinated programme that will equip these people with the skills they need to find work and stay in work.
"The biggest benefit for employers is that they'll know the background of who they hire as n-ergy works with offenders for three to six months at a time. They get to know each candidate's capabilities and aspirations, and the employers who've been involved so far share their passion for helping develop the employability of these people who are furthest from the job market and deserve a second chance."
MDonna Turner-Kot, Managing Director of n-ergy group Ltd says: "We are delighted to be a partner in this new Welsh initiative. Our involvement further endorses our commitment to help hard-to reach groups of individuals, offenders and ex-offenders develop new skills while in custody through vocational training and the confidence to return to sustainable employment on release.
"In doing so, we believe we make a wider contribution economically by helping to reduce re-offending and crime rates across the UK. Employment is the key factor to reducing offending. Since partnering with Asset Skills for Employment, we have already started to place ex-offenders into long-term employment via our recruitment company, n-ergy source.
"Although n-ergy source is open to all potential job seekers, it specialises in supporting ex-offenders into jobs, providing them with customised employability training support such as CV writing and interview skills to deliver job-ready candidates to employers."
20th December 2012