Prospectus has a proud history of supporting voluntary sector organisations that work with vulnerable and socially excluded people and have delivered a number of successful employability partnerships.
Sustainable employment among vulnerable and socially excluded people is a widely discussed issue. Meaningful activities including unpaid work experience, but in particular sustained paid employment, are extremely beneficial to empowering them to engage with their community, improving their chances of removing themselves from the cycle of social exclusion.
We have worked with a number of organisations operating in this space including St Mungo’s, The Connection at St Martins, Off the Streets and into Work and most recently Thames Reach. Our consultants have provided expert advice and guidance working with individual clients, as well as support workers, on securing sustainable employment opportunities and building the capacity of support teams.
Our recent project with homelessness charity Thames Reach was delivered on a not for profit basis. We partnered with Employment and Resettlement Team to attract vacancies, engage employers and support their work ready candidates into sustainable employment.
As well as reviewing their assessment and coaching tools for candidates, the aim was to identify and embed good practice around job brokerage and employer engagement, enabling the team to secure sustainable employment for their clients.
Our consultants worked alongside Thames Reach to develop a strategic employer engagement model to generate employment opportunities and challenge employers to consider Thames Reach clients as viable candidates.
Rashpal Panesar, Employment and Resettlement Team Manager
‘The approach of the consultants at Prospectus was collaborative and supportive, sharing their experience of matching candidates with employers, account management and the expectations of employers, as well as enhancing the structure of some of our processes. Their input helped us to develop confidence and robustness in identifying people as work ready, enabling them to be supported through their journey into work.’
The hard work of the Employment Brokers and Prospectus consultants is reflected in Thames Reach developing a number of employer partnerships with national supermarkets, cultural institutions and a range of hospitality organisations. They provide work placements, paid vacancies and training opportunities to Thames Reach's work ready candidates.
More information can be found by visiting the Employment Academy website.