CCW attend DWP & Want2Work Jobs fair to help long term unemployed at Marland House, Cardiff on 10th July 2014
Training provider, CCW attended a jobs fair held in collaboration with the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) and Want2Work. CCW offered free; job advice, training guidance, careers advice and job seeking advice to attendees at the local Jobs fair. In addition to free advice and guidance were offered to attendees, we were able to record interest in particular courses, areas of development and vocational training.
The information we gathered suggested that most sought after skill that job seekers wanted training were in employment skills. Over 81% of people who completed our questionnaires said that they would like to attend a job skills workshop, the aim of which is to develop soft skills that can help individuals in the application and interview stages of their job search. Over 63% of questionnaires said job seekers wanted training in computer literacy and office productivity suites such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint to improve their employability. A further 55% wanted training in management, leadership or supervisory subjects to assist them in returning to employment as they already possessed extensive experience in management positions but lacked formal qualifications.
The final 40% of courses were related to general job skills and specialist skills. These ranged from Administration, Specialist/Technical training, Language training and Environmental/Conservational training.
A great deal more needs to be done to assist some of the individuals experiencing long term unemployment as a great deal of them are struggling to make it to interview stages of a job application. It is becoming more apparent that the reasons for such long term unemployment are related to personal skills or soft skills, all of which are not taught in schools or in academic institutions. More emphasis on teaching job seekers these crucial skills is necessary to assist some of the worst affected by the current job market.
In supporting the DWP and Want2Work, as a company we are commitment to the unemployed individuals throughout Wales and the UK, we will be looking to deliver some of these much needed courses to help those worst effected by the economic downturn of 2008.