The OCS Foundation is helping the long-term unemployed and other jobseekers into work through its People into Work programme. Four people are now in posts following its launch this year.
The 12-month pilot, supported by the foundation and run in partnership with Bromley by Bow Centre, Well North Enterprises and Clarion Futures, began in January, with the first candidate placed in June. Since then, things have 'ramped up', according to Project Lead Shona Sinclair, with 19 applications received, 12 people interviewed and five appointed.
OCS's role in the programme is to identify suitable vacancies, while the programme's partners shortlist candidates from their client base and support them through the application and interview process.
Shona explains: "It's about finding a sustainable job with at least six months in the post. We are looking at entry-level jobs at sites that have the capacity and enthusiasm to support individuals. These are people who may be going back to work after a long break: they are often looking for shorter hours to start with and they need a senior management team on site to support them."
A full report, evaluating the pilot, detailing good practice and providing a toolkit for future programmes, will be produced at the end of the 12 months.
Pictured: OCS at a careers day at Bromley by Bow Centre in June aimed at helping disadvantaged people into work.