ERSA’s inaugural national Employability Day took place on Friday 15 April 2016, a celebration of over half a million into work since the beginning of the Work Programme in 2011.
Employability Day is an event for the whole employment support sector, encouraging all types of organisations to open their doors and invite in local stakeholders, agencies and businesses to show what employment support means at the frontline and the impact it is having.
Interserve Learning & Employment held events open to delegates all over the UK to mark #ESDAY16, including a visit from Yvette Cooper, MP for Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley and former Shadow Home Secretary.
The list of delegates also included Jane Collins, UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, Jim Cunningham, MP for Coventry South and the Mayors of Wakefield, Bradford, Kirklees and Coventry. Local employers attended each of our employment centres, including McDonalds, Really Useful Products, Peter’s Pies, Kirklees Cricket Club, Castleford Tigers, Avon and more.
Visitors discussed how Interserve Learning & Employment have supported the people within their constituencies and communities to grow and find sustainable employment, alongside helping local businesses to source and recruit local people.
Take a look at some of the activity from the day below.
I fully support the chance to celebrate the efforts and achievements of those who work so hard to help others into employment. The visit helped to give me a better understanding of some of the issues and impediments that affects employment prospects and to witness firsthand how employability professionals work together to overcome these hurdles.
Networking events such as today’s Employability Day at Interserve are vital in the work that we do in this sector. It gave me the opportunity to talk with providers such as PM Training, Aspire and Newcastle Borough Council which I would not normally have had. What was apparent was that Interserve had helped people to build their confidence and overall employability. It was a pleasure to meet the team and finally put a face to names.