Blue Arrow has worked with the Government on back-to-work initiatives since 2009 and more recently worked with the Department for Work and Pensions on the Government’s Youth Contract. Blue Arrow placed more Youth Contract candidates than any other company in the UK, and found jobs for more than 11,000 16 to 24-year-olds and over 5,000 people over 50. Blue Arrow has also partnered with Jobcentre Plus and Learn Direct to provide practical skills-based pre-employment training for unemployed young people, and Remploy to provide better employment opportunities for disabled people.
Sharmin Khan graduated in biomedical sciences in 2010 but had trouble finding work. After an eight-week work experience placement, she joined the Welfare to Work programme and became an agency worker for the county council. It was around this time that she met a recruitment consultant at Blue Arrow, who appointed Sharmin on a temporary basis. After completing the project, Blue Arrow kept Sharmin on as a support consultant.
Sharmin said: “Joining Welfare to Work was a major step in my life because for the first time, I had one-to-one guidance. I have learnt how to improve my CV and get my professional career going. Blue Arrow had been a major part of my life and I don’t know what I would have done without its support.”
Blue Arrow is now also working with the Peter Jones Foundation to provide work experience placements that make a lasting impression on young people’s lives. By putting our candidates at the heart of our business model, we make it easy and fulfilling to find work. Through an impeccable blend of people and process, we will make sure that candidates are placed in the right job for them and are treated with dignity and respect.