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Unemployment can wreak havoc with a person’s mental health and confidence. Someone who has spent six months out of work is around 28% more likely than someone in employment to struggle with mental health difficulties, for example.
“I try and stay positive, it’s just the way I’m made,” Reid says. “But not having stability is hard for anyone.”
Breaking the vicious cycle of joblessness is the mission statement of Big Issue Recruit (BIR) a specialist recruitment service dedicated to helping people overcome barriers to employment. Nearing its one-year anniversary, Big Issue Recruit has supported more than 100 people in their job search.
Reid – who met a BIR representative at a DWP job fair in August – leapt at the chance to take on a new role. BIR helped him land an interview with Tier, a company that provides pay-to-use electric bikes and scooters in cities around the UK.
“The turnaround was really quick. From initial point of contact, it took just five days to arrange an interview. Then I had a job confirmation within two weeks,” he explains.
Now an operations coordinator for Tier, Reid manages a team of 10 rangers overseeing the rollout of the micro-mobility company’s scooters and bikes. The company are expanding into the west of England, setting up fleets in Bristol and Bath.
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Family still comes first for Reid, who often looks after his grandson. But Tier works around his childcare responsibilities. The job has been a “blessing”, he enthuses.
“I love it. It’s a great team, and it’s a great job” he enthuses. “Having good work like this does wonders for you.”
Big Issue Recruit 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 pre-, during and post-employment.
On signing up, candidates are partnered with a personal job coach to understand their needs and goals, build confidence, skills and resilience and coach them through the selection process, to secure the roles that are suitable for them – meaning that employers can find the right candidate who is more likely to stay in the position for longer.
Job coaches work with candidates post placement, to establish a good relationship with their new employer and support them to thrive in their new role.
Nearing its one-year anniversary, Big Issue Recruit is well on course in its mission to bring people from a more diverse range of backgrounds into the job market. Big Issue Recruit has supported 109 candidates in their job search, put 80 jobseekers forward for interviews, and enabled 43 people to secure positive employment.
To find out how Big Issue Recruit could help you into employment, or help your business to take a more inclusive approach to recruitment, click here.