Sir Gerald paid a visit to local back to work charity, Shaw Trust, witnessing their work at first hand.
Sir Gerald was the guest speaker at an employer engagement event held by Shaw Trust on Friday 14 February. The launch event brought together a wide-range of local businesses and organisations to emphasise the life-changing impact local employers can have on the lives of unemployed people from Aldershot on the Work Programme; the Government’s flagship welfare to work scheme to tackle long term unemployment. Shaw Trust delivers the Work Programme as a subcontractor to prime provider, Maximus.
Sir Gerald said of the visit: “I was delighted to see at first hand Shaw Trust’s hard work to help provide long-term, sustainable employment opportunities for local people. Shaw Trust can provide an effective recruitment service to local employers, helping them to source high quality candidates at no cost. I was particularly impressed by the case studies which were described, illustrating the charity’s philosophy of seeking to build confidence in those searching for employment, whether for the first time or after suddenly facing redundancy. I would strongly encourage employers to use Shaw Trust when vacancies arise and I have already referred constituents to the charity.”
Mark Bennett, Shaw Trust business manager, added: “Aldershot’s local employers have proven instrumental in improving the local community, working closely with organisations such as Shaw Trust to place people into work. Friday’s launch event provided the perfect platform to encourage more inspiring partnerships between Shaw Trust and local businesses to help unemployed people break down the barriers preventing them from progressing in work.”
He continued: “Shaw Trust works with local employers to provide cost-free recruitment, giving businesses access to the charity’s diverse candidates: hardworking people from Aldershot who can make a real difference to the success of local businesses. The charity is keen to work with more employers to place even more people from Aldershot into long-term employment.”