JobSkilla Join IEP as Corporate Affiliate Partners
by Chris Hughes, CEO, JobSkilla
JobSkilla is an online, centralised booking system. Its aim is to advertise all the free and funded training and support available locally, to help unemployed people on their journey to sustainable employment. The system has been designed by people with over 12 years’ experience of working in the employment support, Youth and Training sectors. It has been built with a view of making it easier and more efficient to search, compare and book onto the provision that is most needed for the unemployed person and to ensure Advisers have more to offer customers.
JobSkilla launched officially in January 2017, concentrating services around the Greater Manchester area. Over the following few months they registered over 2000 users and booked them onto suitable provision, with the help of our ever growing advisory and training provider networks. JobSkilla is a cloud based system so we have been able to extend our services quickly to set up courses in many new locations from Carlisle to Southampton, depending on training needs of linked unemployed networks. Training courses are set up and tweaked with the customer base, the local labour market and current vacancies in mind, meaning that employer interviews are often part and parcel of courses and customers move into work quicker with the right training already completed.
We work with local employability programs to complement the work they already do and bring together multiple organisations to run training courses that will benefit the local employability market.
We believe firmly that our work together with the IEP will not only benefit unemployed people in this country but Employability Advisers nationwide, after all, we created JobSkilla for the benefit of Advisers as well as the unemployed job seekers. We were all Advisers once on multiple contracts and know first-hand the jubilation and often dismay that comes with challenges of the role. We want to ensure that there are options for accredited training, combined with some form of industry specific accreditation to remove as many barriers for the customer as possible.
JobSkilla works closely with local authorities and other employment professionals to answer challenges facing the industry, we recently created a bespoke provision specifically for ESOL customers in Greater Manchester and Yorkshire used by a number of Employment Support Providers including Interserve, Ingeus, and Seetec. All agreements were at a local level, yet we hope to gain approval throughout the country as the benefit to the local offices has been very clear and feedback is really positive.
In addition to the traditional employability organisations we also work with local job clubs that offer specialist provision for niche sections or areas of the community, we want a JobSkilla user to be empowered to access all the provision open to them in their local area. We have recently started working with Southampton FC’s foundation, helping them with their Premier League Works provision, specifically designed for NEETs.
We firmly believe that JobSkilla is the future of funded training, allowing an organisation to compare providers, who are rated by the users, to find the best fit for them.