Recruitment agency with a difference
A recruitment agency with a difference has been set up in Bath – aiming to find work for young people who have never had a job.
The Youth Employment Scheme (YES) has been launched by social enterprise Clean Slate to get people aged 18-24 ready for the world of work.
It will be offering potential employees for administration, reception, customer services, retail, hospitality and catering jobs and says it will only put candidates forward that it would employ itself.
YES is supported by Bath Abbey and the Bath Business Improvement District, which is encouraging city centre shops to use the agency.
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Clean Slate, with centres in Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton, will coach, train and assess young people.
Managing director Jeff Mitchell said: "Once employers have signed up to getting involved, that's the end of the goodwill we're asking for. The rest is business. It won't help young people to be mollycoddled and that's no good for employers either.
"Unlike the job centre, colleges and other support agencies, Clean Slate is a social firm and so we are already an employer of previously workless people too, so when we say they're job-ready, we've asked ourselves: 'Would we pay that person to work for us'?"
Employers who sign up to YES will work with Clean Slate as they would with any high street recruitment service, paying an hourly agency rate. This income helps to pay for the intensive job preparation activity carried out with job seekers. Employers will receive point-of-sale materials such as posters to advertise their support for the scheme, with the message, Say YES to Young People.
Mr Mitchell added: "We know that shoppers in Bath will welcome the scheme and we fully expect there to be interest in the employers who get involved."
More information is at www.cleanslateltd.co.uk.