Routes to Work & North Lanarkshire’s Working ran a Jobs Fayre in the Motherwell Concert Hall on Thursday 18th April. The aim of the event was to support unemployed residents of North Lanarkshire on their journey towards work. With the combined support of our teams, Job Centre Plus, partners and employers, this was a huge success!
With 250-300 attending on the day, job seekers had the chance to find out about a range of different opportunities within a variety sectors and industries. With over 30 employers attending there was an abundance of live vacancies across a diverse range of sectors including:
Hospitability, Local Authority, Transport & Logistics, Care, Retail, Cleaning, Construction to name but a few.
The overall feedback was exceptional with some saying this is the best Jobs Fayre they have been part of!
What our clients said!
95% Agreed or strongly agreed that they found the event useful
95% Agreed or strongly agreed that the employers/services at this event were useful
98% Agreed or strongly agreed that the event staff were professional and friendly
93% Agreed or strongly agreed that the venue was accessible and easy to reach
What our employers said!
100% Agreed or strongly agreed that the event was relevant to the vacancies being promoted
100% Agreed or strongly agreed would attend jobs fayre again
100% Agreed or strongly agreed Event staff were friendly and professional
100% Agreed or strongly agreed the venue was accessible and easy to reach
100% Agreed or strongly agreed communication leading to the event was useful
‘To reduce poverty and improve the health and wellbeing of North Lanarkshire’s
communities and businesses by enabling people to access, sustain and progress within
What we value
Clients must always be at the centre of the process - we design and deliver all our services
with a focus on making positive changes in their lives, respect their wishes, listen to them,
and respond positively to make changes in relation to the feedback we receive.
We retain a focus on helping the most excluded in our communities - we will target our efforts on those most in need, and at greatest risk of disadvantage, as opposed to those easiest to help.
Our staff are our greatest resource - we invest in their skills and personal development, listen to their views, maximise their contribution, and expect them to respect all of their colleagues within RTW and our partner agencies.
We will work with partners to support and add value to the strategic aspirations of the North Lanarkshire Partnership.
With such positive feedback the event was very worthwhile with a number of client’s life’s being transformed following this event which we will continue to strive to do.
On 19th March 2019 Routes to Work added its name to a charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at work.
The Charter is part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign which is seeking greater security for terminally ill workers where they cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition. The STUC is taking the campaign forward in Scotland.
Dying to Work was taken forward by the TUC following the case of Jacci Woodcook, an area sales manager from Derbyshire who was forced out of her job three years ago after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.
The STUC is asking Scottish employers to sign up to the Dying to Work Charter to stop cases like Jacci’s happening in the future.
STUC Assistant General Secretary, Yvonne Stewart, said:
“Your job should be the least of your worries when you get a terminal diagnosis.
“I’m delighted that Routes To Work have shown real leadership in this area, signing up to guarantee fair treatment for terminally-ill workers.
“Over 830,000 workers are now covered by the Dying to Work charter across the UK. The STUC strongly support the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign and are encouraged by the increasing numbers of Scottish employers who are committing to sign up to the Charter.”
Routes To Work’s Chair, Harry Curran said:
“As a registered charity which seeks to improve the lives of unemployed residents of North Lanarkshire, the Board of Trustees of Routes To Work are committed to providing the best possible set of terms & conditions of employment & working environment for all our staff. Having previously had first-hand experience of managing the impact of a terminal illness diagnosis on a member of staff, we felt it appropriate to try and learn from this experience and to re-double our efforts to ensure that all possible supports be put in place to provide security of work and peace of mind for any member of staff who may face a similar situation in future. We see the TUC’s campaign and associated charter as a key tool in enabling us to achieve this and are delighted to sign-up and be associated with the voluntary charter”.
We are committed to excellence and operate as a learning organisation and have been working with the IIP standard since 2006 to demonstrate these principles.
Achieving the IIP standard is an outstanding achievement for any organisation. It signals a culture that puts people at the heart of how an organisation achieves its results. This award bench marks people management practices against industry best practice and is awarded at different levels.
The key themes of the standard are improving, supporting and leading. We achieved this award for the first time in 2006 and developed through the different levels of the standard, we achieved silver in 2010 and now gold in 2018. This is an outstanding achievement for our business and in turn the service we offer our clients and partners. Only 9% of all IIP accredited organisations are in the third sector and only 16% of all IIP organisations have achieved the Gold standard.
We feel very proud to have achieved this standard of recognition which is in line with our vision and values and is a credit to the commitment of the Board to continually invest in the development of our staff and to all of our staff throughout the organisation for embracing the company value of being a learning organisation. Robin Turner (Chief Executive) said “On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff, I’m delighted that we have been recognised as a gold standard IIP organisation. We are all about investing in the growth & development of the clients we work with and on behalf of and it is tremendously satisfying that we have been seen to take the same approach so successfully with our greatest asset; our staff”
We are proud of the success we have had to date and we are committed to keeping Routes to Work at the forefront of transforming lives.