A series of virtual events to help Derby businesses recruit talent launches this month (January).
Derby City Council’s Economic Growth Team is introducing the monthly online sessions following feedback from employers in a variety of sectors who are struggling to recruit staff.
Derby Jobs Live will give city-based employers an opportunity to showcase their vacancies and promote the benefits of working for their organisations directly to job-seekers. Where required, the team can work alongside a relevant Employment & Skills provider to offer training for the roles.
The events form part of a brokerage service from the Council’s Employment & Skills team that helps connect employers and training providers to people looking for work opportunities and training programmes.
In partnership with the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP), Derby Jobs Live will be marketed to unemployed residents and employment support organisations within the City.
The launch event on January 19 will focus on the multinational infrastructure group Balfour Beatty, which has a has a major site at Raynesway delivering Plant & Fleet Service and Power Transmission and Distribution.
The Council’s brokerage service has already helped the construction giant recruit a number of CCTV operatives and trainee paint sprayers.
During the online session on Eventbrite, residents will find out first-hand what it is like to work for the company, their current live vacancies and how to apply for them and whether they could benefit from training.
Stacey Keates HR Business Partner for Balfour Beatty said: “Working with the Employment and Skills team has enabled us to access candidates within the Derby region for a number of recruitment areas within our Plant & Fleet Services business. We have already attended Careers Fairs,Training into Employment events, advertised via BBC Radio Derby and Derby Jobs Weekly, and have got some exciting events planned in already for early 2022.
“Through our partnership, we have been able to access candidates and offer employment to residents of Derby that we wouldn’t have ordinarily reached. It continues to prove an invaluable partnership and we are grateful to the Employment & Skills team for their continued support.”
Future events will feature a variety of Derby-based employers, including Neos Composite Solutions, who are aiming to create up to 150 jobs and technical apprenticeships in the city.
Cllr Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Skills at Derby City Council said: “Derby City Council is determined to boost employment and economic recovery, including investing in skills, supporting people into work and backing businesses.
“We know from talking to businesses in certain sectors that recruitment is currently a big issue. Part of our role is to try to understand better the challenges employers are facing and work with them directly to find individuals with the right skills so they can continue to operate successfully.
“The Derby Jobs Live events are one element of the support we can offer, allowing employers to speak directly to residents seeking employment, making it more efficient to recruit talent.”
Register for a free place at Derby Jobs Live with Balfour Beatty