Charity CXK has launched a trailblazing employment project to support unemployed adults in Kent and Medway to find work, and is appealing to businesses to support the project.
The Working Heads project is funded by the government’s Integrated Communities Innovation Fund, which looks to address the causes of poor integration in society and bring communities together.
Working Heads helps jobseekers to create a great first impression and access employers in an engaging way through video. As part of the project, job seekers are supported through workshops which take them through the process of creating a video CV. That video is then uploaded to the Working Heads online portal, which is accessed by local employers looking for candidates to fill existing job opportunities. The project is designed particularly to support those who can struggle to secure an interview with a traditional CV format, and links local employers with a pool of work-ready candidates who they might ordinarily never meet.
Louise Martin, network manager at Working Heads, explains: “As an organisation, we have more than 20 years’ experience helping people find work. What that experience has shown us is that many people find it difficult to represent themselves well using a traditional written CV, and as a result employers miss out on a pool of high-quality candidates who are suitable for the role.
“The Working Heads portal provides employers with the opportunity to quickly and easily assess a candidate’s soft skills and their suitability for a role by viewing a short video CV. They can shortlist and invite candidates for interview, all via the portal. The portal is free to use, and provides an additional channel for HR managers to use as part of their recruitment process.”
Sally Dixon, consultant to RiverOak Strategic Partners, owners of Manston Airport - an employer working with the Working Heads project - said: “The reopening of Manston Airport will create a large number of jobs for local people. RiverOak Strategic Partners are committed to recruiting locally and are doing all they can to ensure the operation of the airport raises aspirations, stimulates new education and training programmes, creates apprenticeships and that the local people are aware of all the careers available at the airport and in the supply chain.
“Working with local partners such as CXK and Working Heads is vital if we are to ensure we include hard-to-reach groups in the success of the airport. Inclusively creating economic benefit across Thanet, East Kent, Kent and the Thames Estuary is at the heart of our ambitions.”