Business Breakfast at The Red Berry
On Thursday 5th September 2019, Kilcooley Women’s Centre hosted the local business community in The Red Berry. The morning saw a number of local business come together to discuss how they could work with Kilcooley Women’s Centre in the future.
In 2018 Kilcooley Women’s Centre was successful in their application to the European Social Fund to deliver a four-year project with a budget of just shy of one million pounds. The project aims to reduce unemployment and combat economic activity by empowering individuals to identify developmental goals and to take part in activities to meet these goals. Through employment related training, participants are empowered to recognise their value and potential allowing them to progress into meaningful and sustainable employment. In order to help participants progress it is vital the project has strong relationships with the local business community.
The business landscape in the UK is challenging; the outcome of Brexit remains uncertain and the pace of technological development is relentless. It is crucial that organisations have the skills they need to overcome these challenges and where possible turn would-be threats in to opportunities. These skills do not have to be bought; they can be built.
By creating strategic partnerships within your local community, your organisation can benefit from new opportunities, increase business and enhance your corporate social responsibility. You can get on board with us in a number of ways; Sitting on an interview panel, becoming a mentor, or by providing a work placement.
By conducting a mock interview, you will allow participants to help reduce stress and anxiety. For some of our participants this may be their first job interview in quite some time. A mock interview will give them the opportunity to test drive their answers and receive constructive feedback on their performance. Not only will a mock interview give participants the opportunity to practice interview questions, it will also give you as an organisation the chance to train staff members on interview techniques from an organisation’s perceptive. This will give staff the opportunity to learn vital skills such as both verbal and non-verbal communication, building rapport, and effective note taking. In addition to this it will develop vital strategic leadership skills by enabling staff to identify business needs and how to successfully meet those needs.
Given the demand for skills and talent, suitable employees can be hard to come by. Becoming a mentor and working alongside our participants to offer structured advice and guidance will not only give you access to a pool of hidden talent, it will also give you the opportunity to shape and coach participants, ultimately reducing recruitment costs. According to the 2019 Open University Business Barometer, it took organisations nearly two months longer to find workers with the rights skills, with nearly half forced to recruit temporary staff and 44% spending more on recruitment than originally intended. In addition to this, a potential employee who has been mentored by you will adapt to company culture quicker, increasing loyally, allowing you to better plan long term.
By taking on a work placement, organisations will play a key role in developing skills such as; communication, time management, problem solving, team work and commercial awareness. As I mentioned previously, these skills don’t have to be bought. Taking on a work placement presents an opportunity to attract new staff, reducing recruitment costs, all whilst alleviating skills shortages.
Here at Kilcooley Women’s Centre we can also offer a wide range of corporate training including, Level 3 Award in Education and Training, Assessors and Internal Quality Assurance, First Aid, Food Hygiene, Customer Service, Health and Safety and more! As an organisation we are constantly evolving and growing and so, if there is an area we can support you in please don’t hesitate to get in contact.
If you are a local business and want to find out more, get in contact with Evan on 02891478292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org