SWAPs: A Much Needed ‘Foot in the Door’

With the impact of Covid-19 on employment and the number of people looking for work and/or experiencing real concern over their career and future, the Government announced its ‘Plan for Jobs’ back in July 2020. With c.£280bn of funding, it offers a number of products designed to help people in various situations back into work.

One of the key initiatives within the plan is SWAPsSector Based Work Academy Programmes. These are available to jobseekers of all ages receiving Universal Credit, JSA or ESA – giving them a much needed ‘foot in the door’ – the opportunity to be ready for work in a new sector, gain valuable training/experience along with a guaranteed job interview.

SWAPs are that ‘foot in the door’ needed by many…

Given the massive labour market changes that Covid-19 has brought, many sectors have taken a big hit in terms of job availability. So, understanding these market patterns – what and where the available jobs are – is vital as jobseekers are helped to learn about the different career paths open to them. This calls for strong links – and a ‘hands-on’ shared approach between training providers, referral agencies such as JCP and employers.

Cidori believes that SWAPs offer routes into sectors that might otherwise not be open to jobseekers looking for a change of direction – simply applying to an employer without the benefit of the programmes on offer may well lead to early disappointment. Plus, businesses get to ‘give something back’ by supporting their local communities in this crucial way.

For this reason, Cidori continues to build the strength and depth of our successful ‘Ready For Work’ programmes – across sectors such as Construction, Retail/Call Centre Operations, Rail track safety, Teaching Assistants and in Adult Social Care.

Is your organisation looking to recruit to support planned expansion? Why not talk to Cidori about  a SWAP – in partnership with our National College network we have access to significant Government funded unemployed upskilling programmes in most devolved areas – our pre-employment programmes are backed by the JCP nationally and can be tailored to your requirements.

 We would work with the local JCP’s to create a sector-based work academy programme for your candidates which can be used as a selection criteria tool by you or your recruitment partners. 

Cidori has a rich background of working with employers, helping them meet local agendas and social value requirements – getting local people work ready.

We believe these programmes represent tremendous opportunities for helping people into sustainable employment, learning, or refreshing skills and achieving transformative results in terms of personal resilience (now an integral feature of all our pre-employment programmes) and self-confidence.

Find out more

For more information about  SWAP and our pre-employment training programmes please contact:

David Murfitt
01788 851230
07930 493038

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