- The recruitment service is person-centred, supporting individuals pre, during and post-employment
- Candidates range from veterans, prison leavers, caregivers, those with skills gaps, to people experiencing social, health, financial or digital barriers to work
- The social enterprise is calling on partner organisations to use the service to fill their vacancies and create significant social value
Today (Tuesday, 17th January), as figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown that the unemployment in the UK has risen to 3.7%* and there are 1.24m* people out of work and actively seeking employment and 1.19m** job vacancies remain to be filled, Big Issue Group (BIG) has renewed its call to businesses to back and candidates to apply to a UK wide recruitment service called ‘Big Issue Recruit’.
Research out today shows that there is an urgent need for an upskilled workforce. Big Issue Recruit (BIR), which aims to bring people from a more diverse range of backgrounds into the job market, is a new solution to this crisis.
BIR is a specialist recruitment service, dedicated to supporting people who face barriers to joining the workforce into sustainable employment. It is a person-centred service and free to candidates, supporting individuals and employers pre, during and post-employment.
Job Coaches work with candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds, who are experiencing poverty. The candidates will range from prison leavers, caregivers, those with skills gaps, to people experiencing social, health, financial or digital barriers to work and, of course, Big Issue magazine vendors keen to move into employment.
On signing up candidates are partnered with a personal Job Coach, to understand and determine their needs and goals. Building confidence, skills and resilience and coaching individuals through the selection process, to secure their desired roles.
Finally, Job Coaches will work with candidates to establish a great relationship with their new employer and support them in their new role and career on an ongoing basis.