Blackpool Council's Chance2Shine shines brightly as it launches new ethical recruitment agency
18th. December 2018
Blackpool Council’s award-winning work placement programme, Chance2Shine, invited local businesses at the beginning of November to the launch of its new ethical recruitment agency, Chance2Shine Recruitment. The event enabled businesses to learn more about this alternative to traditional recruitment services which follows an ethical business model that will allocate any profits to schemes that help local out-of-work adults to get a step on the employment ladder.
Chance2Shine has already had huge success bringing together people who are accessing Blackpool Council’s “Positive Steps Into Work” employment services and companies willing to offer a four-week unpaid work placement. More than 600 local people have benefited from the existing Chance2Shine scheme by learning new skills, getting a work reference or trying a new area of work that they may not have considered before.
Feedback from local employers indicated that they also wanted to offer people temporary paid work, but weren’t able to do so under the conditions of the current scheme; so Chance2Shine Recruitment has been created. Profits will be reinvested into ‘back-to-work’ schemes for local people and will be delivered by a council service with more than 10 years’ experience of providing high quality, professional programmes to help local people move into work with local employers.
The event was held in November and included the presentation of the Chance2Shine Employer Awards to several employers who have already participated in the scheme. Fair Train’s CEO, Rod Natkiel, was also there and presented its Gold Level Work Experience Quality Standard to the Chance2Shine delivery team after its very successful renewal.
Congratulations to Natalie Guerin and all her team at Blackpool Council's Positive Steps Into Work and Chance2Shine ... on this very exciting initiative and on four years at Fair Train's Gold Level!
Hear about one of the many success stories coming out of Chance2Shine below
Mark Street started his voluntary work placement with Marks and Spencer in June 2018. He had been suffering from anxiety, his confidence was low and he was finding it difficult to secure and sustain paid employment.
Mark needed to gain up-to-date work history and references, so his Employment Advisor, who had matched Mark’s experience and interests to a role in retail, referred him to Chance2Shine. Having secured a placement with M&S in Blackpool, he is now employed!
Marks and Spencer’s Cafeteria Manager, Michelle Townsend, said: “At the beginning of his placement, Mark was shy and introverted, but he has come out of his shell and has definitely started to shine now. He is a quick learner, and is now doing coffees and working the tills. He is still learning, and this is all part of his journey. We have been more than happy to offer him a job.”
Mark is now more confident, happier and is more positive about his future.
He commented: “My Chance2Shine work placement has given me my confidence back and has helped me to get back into work, which is a good thing. At the beginning of my placement in the cafeteria, Marks and Spencer’s weren’t hiring any new staff but I have since been offered short term employment, so it’s been good all round for me.”
Cllr Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council Deputy Leader, who presented the employer awards at the event, said: “Chance2Shine can really change someone’s life. It brings people who need support, advice and guidance together with businesses that are willing to offer placements and perhaps even temporary or longer term employment. Many local businesses have already discovered the benefits of working with Chance2Shine and the positive returns of giving people an opportunity. I invite other businesses to find out more about it and how our new recruitment agency can help their business.”