To mark our 5th anniversary in February 2019 of our planned one-off pilot in 2014, we have streamlined the framework of Growing Talent.
It retains all the core elements including selection without cvs, provisional permanent job offer upfront on selection by an employer, orientation week before going on site, a total of four weeks training in the vacant role and a holistic week during which life skills including personal finance, fitness, nutrition on a budget and qualification as a mental health first aider. So what has changed? instead of 12 weeks, it’s now six weeks long. All parts have to be completed. There is no uncertainty when someone will be employed.
This will deliver transparency for employers, participants and those referring them. Provision has been put in place to enable an extension based on individual circumstances and only by agreement with all parties. Equally, those going into roles requiring minimum training, such as barista, will be employed after the orientation week and return for the mental health first aider qualification on the holistic week – again, by arrangement.
This year we move to a new training venue – etc venues – away from Southwark Cathedral. As a public venue the facilities at the Cathedral were not appropriate.
Those selected by employers – known as Growing Talent Associates – will enjoy a breakfast, choice of lunches, afternoon tea plus unlimited refreshments throughout the day. This investment should return commitment and focus thereby pushing numbers up of those going into work.
Diverse employers took part in 2018 including Ballymore, Connect Plus Services M25, Acuity Services, Portico, MitieTDM, Pertemps, Harris & Hoole, Scotscape, ME Hotel, Firmdale Hotels, Harrow Green & many more.
Some great life changing stories lie ahead no doubt………