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West Dunbartonshire Employment Support: Jobs

18JulWest Dunbartonshire Employment Support: Jobs

Jobspot aims to help employers and unemployed of West Dunbartonshire.

This creative initiative delivered by Employment Enterprise understands that by helping local businesses, we can help local people.

The Jobspot project has been running since April 2012 and is delivered by West Dunbartonshire Council and training specialist, Employment Enterprise.

Jobspot is an innovative, online, job-matching tool. It provides the link between two of West Dunbartonshire Councils new employability projects: Job Brokerage and Employer Engagement.

Job Brokerage is a free service for West Dunbartonshire residents who are currently not in employment. It provides tailored 1-to-1 support, employability training and assistance to find employment.

Employer Engagement is a free service for Employers, providing free advertising for vacancies, information on local employability services and expert recruitment support.

The Jobspot tool provides the mechanism to match up suitable local people, to the current vacancies. It allows job seekers to register their e-CV, browse current vacancies and access support to apply. It will also provide employers the opportunity to browse e-CVs filter candidates through their skills, qualifications or experience.

As part of the Enterprise Group, Enterprise Screen is proud to assist in the development of these innovative projects and to add multi-media support.

Over the past week, ahead of the official Jobspot launch event, Enterprise Screen has been working with businesses in the West Dunbartonshire area to showcase the opportunities available to local people and for other employers. These features will be hosted on the Jobspot site but also used throughout the area to help promote the work they are doing.

Employer Engagement Co-ordinator Mark Macleod:

"We have been really impressed with the response we have had from local businesses. It is our aim to help them with their recruitment and ongoing staffing issues- our research tells us that recruitment is expensive and time-consuming for companies of all sizes and it is our aim to make this process simple, effective and responsive to their needs".

Already over 100 businesses have registered with the Employer Engagement Service with almost 50 local people moving into employment after working with Job Brokerage.

"We know that local people can often feel they are not in reach of local jobs- it is our aim to get them confident, well-informed and tailored to the companies that require a local workforce and skills base. So far 166 people have been assisted and we know that as the project expands, we will become more able to fit the right people, with the right job."

Adam Dunkerley, Job Brokerage Co-ordinator

As the project is funded until June 2013, Employment Enterprise hopes to achieve results in-keeping with previous project delivery. General Manager, Tony Stapleton has high-hopes:

"This commitment from West Dunbartonshire Council reflects a renewed emphasis on employability support in the area. We have high targets of 70% Job Entry for the clients we work with and we are sure that with the continued support of the Council, our local delivery partners and private business in the area we can achieve those results.

Our staff is committed to ensuring that every client receives an appropriate level of support and that every employer with recruitment needs can receive clear, concise information on what support is available through the West Dunbartonshire Employer Offer.

Jobspot is a tremendous tool that allows us to Job Match eligible local residents to actual, local, live vacancies - providing a seamless, efficient process from referral to employment."

The post-production process for the video is moving along fast and the finished films will be ready to use in time for the official launch on the 24th July 2012. Visit www.jobspot.org.uk for further information.

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