Published: 3 April 2017
South Liverpool Homes (SLH), the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Liverpool in Work held an event on Thursday 30 March that challenged South Liverpool employers to open their eyes to a bigger pool of talent in order to meet the employment demands of a growing local economy.
Liverpool is in a period of rapid economic growth and South Liverpool is playing its part, with ambitious expansion plans underway at New Mersey and continuing growth at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
Local employer Crowne Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport hosted the event, which brought together over 40 representatives from employers, training and support providers and other organisations invested in South Liverpool.
Joe Cummings, South Liverpool Homes Enterprise Manager said, “The reason we're here today is to bring like-minded people together to look at a bigger workforce and be more mindful when we're doing our recruitment and consider people that historically we may not have considered.
“In the next couple of years there's going to be an awful lot of vacancies to fill in this area.”
Most powerful however was a speech from Crisis ambassador Richard, who had experienced multiple issues resulting in a period of homelessness.
Richard spelled out the difficulties that homeless people experience when attempting to get back into employment:
“I can apply for as many jobs as I want but that's only if I can get past the application form,” he said. “And a lot of times I can't because of that gap in my employment history, because I've been homeless I'm overlooked.
“If employers here today can take that away - that I can be a valuable member of a team. I could quite possibly be the best person for a job. I could be the most loyal member of staff because you put trust in me I will give you 110 percent.”
Following the event, SLH, DWP and Liverpool in Work plan to work with local employers to connect them with services that can help them recruit staff from a wide variety of backgrounds including homeless people and people with additional needs, through its Reach enterprise and employability hub in Speke library.