Working with the Job Centre, ISS developed a Sector Skills Programme, which plans to bridge a gap for young people by giving them the opportunity to gain the real work skills they need for a full-time job.
Sarah Turner, learning and development manager, ISS Facility Services Healthcare, said: “This is all about making young people more employable. So, it includes accredited practical skills like health & safety training, food safety level 2, manual handling, information governance, conflict resolution and equality and diversity. It also has units such as CV building, interview skills and teamwork.”
A successful pilot programme was run in August consisting of three weeks in college and one week of work experience. Out of the 20 participants in the pilot, eight are now working for ISS Facility Services, five are employed within the Pennine Acute Trust and three are at Manchester City Football Ground.
Following their three-month probationary period, these participants will be offered places on the Level 2 Facility Services Apprenticeship Programme.
A. Wooller, work experience participant at Royal Oldham Hospital, said: “My work experience with ISS has been really good. I was sent by Jobcentre Plus to a new ISS course – three weeks of a back to work training, as well as a health & safety course. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the help offered by ISS and how friendly and helpful all the staff were to me.”
M. Sheikh, training programme participant at Royal Oldham Hospital, said: “What I learnt from ISS on this training programme was how important health & safety is in the workplace, as well as taking pride in doing a job well. Everyone around me made me feel proud to work for ISS. I love my job and hope to develop a career with ISS.”