Supporting more people from vulnerable groups in accessing new jobs, apprentices, training and work experience placements
Salford has a large and growing local economy providing a significant volume of local employment opportunities (over 150,000) on the doorstep for Salford residents. In the five years prior to the pandemic, over 20,000 jobs were created in the city across a variety of sectors most notably in logistics and the delivery of goods, the office economy, construction, health and social care and digital.
The growth in the city and wider city region provides huge opportunity for Salford residents, but despite this, many residents are still facing major challenges to access and progress in training and employment. Indeed some residents face multiple barriers to work linked to issues such as skills, health, disability, debt, child care, housing and transport.
In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant local economic impact. Salford has 14,650 unemployed residents, 7,400 of whom are new claimants in the last 12 months, with a disproportional impact on young people aged 18-24. The number of residents claiming Universal Credit has also more than doubled since March 2020 to 32,559. There is also a real risk that those residents already disadvantaged in the labour market will be further disadvantaged in the wake of the pandemic.
The Salford Employment and Skills Strategy provides the framework for co-ordinated, partnership activity to improve the chances, opportunities and aspirations of the people of Salford and their economic prosperity. This Strategy is scheduled to be reviewed and refreshed in Autumn 2021.
How can you support people from vulnerable groups?
There are a variety of ways in which partners and employers can help to create and connect vulnerable residents into jobs, training and work experience placements:
- Advertise your vacancies through Salford recruitment channels and local recruitment services
- Hold or participate in a local jobs and or Salford recruitment event
- Adopt inclusive and fair recruitment practices
- Use recruitment methods that are appropriate to the role and the candidate, such as adaptable methods of communication and interview
- Become a Disability Confidant advocate
- Provide a work experience or placement opportunity (all ages)
- Become involved in a Traineeship programme for unemployed young people 16 -24
- Recruit an apprentice
- Work with schools and colleges by giving talks about your sector and journey, speaking to staff about how the curriculum links to the world of work, interview support or mentoring
- Become a Schools Enterprise Advisor