A programme funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, Reversing the Recruitment Process, is coming to an end, and some solid and tangible outcomes have arisen as a result of the programme.
The programme, which was delivered in the Mendips by the Real Ideas Organisation, aimed to support individuals aged 16-64 who are unemployed due to health conditions or disabilities.
RIO ran multiple consultation sessions with the individuals to look at the challenges that they faced and get them to be the centre of helping to change the way that businesses approach recruitment.
They were able to explore ways in which their personal skills and qualities could be matched to local jobs, and got to work alongside local employers to gain an insight into their industry.
As a result of the programme and its successes, a short film was put together with thanks to Joe Aldous, PAPER Arts CIC, which includes interviews with some of the group, and an overview of the programme and its accomplishments.
The video demonstrates the positive impact that the programme has had on the individuals who took part and highlights the variety of health conditions and disabilities there are that can be barriers for people to find work. It focusses on the incredible skillset that could benefit local employers – which is often overlooked.
It is an excellent outcome for RIO and a testament to the thirty individuals who got involved and worked to find ways to ‘reverse the recruitment process’.
RIO will be wrapping up the programme by working with the group to put together individual profiles to accompany CV’s after participants keen to look into ways of communicating about their health condition prior to future interviews. The idea behind these would be to outline the health condition, alongside the skills they have (often as a result) and any further information about the condition and how it can affect them personally.
Take a look at the video below for an insight into the programme as it draws to a close.