Recruiters launch Back to Work bid for jobless

(l-r) Sarah Findley, recruitment director, Joanne Cooper, marketing executive, and Simon Horseman, managing director of Straco International, are organising a back to work campaign. Picture: Andrew Roe

(l-r) Sarah Findley, recruitment director, Joanne Cooper, marketing executive, and Simon Horseman, managing director of Straco International, are organising a back to work campaign. Picture: Andrew Roe

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A RECRUITMENT company is offering extra support to job-hunters - and calling on employers to play a part in improving work prospects.

Interview tips, general advice and honing CV and letter-writing skills are among the services now available free of charge from Straco International Recruitment as part of its `Back to Work’ campaign.

As well as aiming to reduce local unemployment levels, it hopes to address some of the broader issues associated with being out of work such as loss of confidence and a lack of independence.

The company is also exploring the possibility of working more closely with the Department for Work and Pensions and local job centres.

In the meantime Straco is urging Doncaster businesses to let them know about job opportunities so candidates can apply for vacancies with the benefit of their advice if needed instead of going it alone.

According to Straco marketing executive Joanne Cooper, staff have seen a distinct rise in the number of people who lack confidence or feel isolated and de-motivated while out of work.

She said that although help was available from other organisations she thought it was unusual for a recruitment business to venture into the area and hoped the services would provide an added advantage for job-hunters.

Straco wants to support any individuals including those unemployed long-term and is keen to hear from people who feel daunted at the prospect of getting back to work.

She pointed out that employers backing the campaign would reap benefits too as well as helping others.

“We eliminate the hassle for employers having to job search for the right people as we will have them ready and waiting. We can provide a confident, trained candidate available at short notice,” she explained.

As well as filling full-time positions, the company also recruits temporary workers which Joanne described as particularly helpful for easing people back in to working life.

The campaign is operating initially at Straco’s Doncaster office at Hayfield Lane Business Park but may eventually be extended to its bases in Leicester and Stevenage.

Stressing that the campaign required people to “be supportive, unite and work together”, Joanne said: “We are looking for companies/clients to come on board and make work available so we can offer these positions to our candidates.”

Joanne said attendance at a recent jobs fair in Doncaster had attracted considerable interest and Straco would be taking every opportunity to raise awareness of the new initiative.

“Companies and candidates can access our service by contacting us by phone, email, facebook, twitter or by popping in to the office for a chat and a cuppa,” she added.