Merlin Housing Society staff met with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions yesterday to discuss how it’s working with the JobCentre to tackle unemployment.
Iain Duncan Smith visited Yate JobCentre to talk to Merlin and another local employers about their links to the Job Centre and how they’re helping young people into work. In the past year Merlin has taken on a group of apprentices and has also recently started working closely with the JobCentre and other local employers in targeting support for young people looking to get into employment.
HR Manager Mark Harrison said: “We’re working with the local JobCentre as part of a group of local businesses to support young people to find a job. The group are looking at both how we as a business can involve and recruit young people in our work, as well as how we can support our residents/customers find or retain employment.
“As a business we’re committed to building strong communities, and giving people the chance to find work is an important part of this. We’re aiming to take on at least ten apprentices every year, and have also been working with social enterprise scheme, Clean Slate, to help people who have been unemployed for a long time, back into work. Mr Duncan Smith was interested in hearing about this, but now we want to see what else we can do as an employer to support local young people.”