The employability and skills sector is at the heart of the government’s Plan for Jobs strategy. New programmes such as DWP Restart and Kickstart, as well as the growth of traineeships, aren’t just supporting people into careers: they’re also creating exciting new job opportunities, says Forward’s Asi Panditharatna.
As reported in Personnel Today: ‘On top of the 27,000 work coaches [the government] plans to recruit for Jobcentre Plus branches, employability providers will need to recruit about 20,000 additional roles to support Restart and other employability programmes.’
This reflects our experience at Forward, where we have been busy recruiting new employability advisors, skills trainers and managers for our new DWP Restart service. This includes people who are new to the sector, whose lived experience gives them qualities such as resilience, determination, courage and hard work. They will be great role models to our clients and learners.
In previous blogs I have written about skills adjacency, where people who are un- or underemployed use ‘step into’ roles like these to develop adjacent or similar skills and knowledge required for a new career. We need to see more of this in the employability sector to recruit the work force we will need.
Becoming a Level 4 Employability Practitioner Apprenticeship provider
Training and development will be important for existing staff as well as those who are joining the sector this year. And as both an employability provider and employer, we are well placed to offer an apprenticeship journey based on our experience of working in the employability sector.
It is why we have become an approved apprenticeships training provider and deliver the Level 4 Employability Practitioner Standard. We knew we had the insight, experience, knowledge and know-how from delivering careers advice, vocational training, and employability and enterprise services. Many of our team have been working in this industry for a long time, and are keen to share experiences with colleagues who are newer to the sector.
It is also why we have joined the Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP). It enables us to offer membership to our staff, as well as opportunities to do the IEP Accredited Sector Induction Level 2 programme. This will help our staff enhance their knowledge and fine-tune their skills to deliver the best service to our clients or learners.
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