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We are Winners! Ucan steal the show at the T&A's Bradford Means Business Awards.

June 13 2016

We have had a brilliant weekend!  Rob, Nicky, Jordan and Colin were lucky enough to attend the Bradford Means Business awards on Saturday night and we were not only winners of the category "Job Creator of the Year" we entered but we scooped the creme de la creme which is the Winner of Winners awards. BMB Awards

The gala dinner was held at the Aargrah Midpoint in the banqueting suite, so we were rubbing shoulders with the best businesses in Bradford. It was a fab opportunity to not only get dressed up but to see what other companies are up to and realise that we all have similar pressures so it was a real pat on the back for everyone who attended.BMB awards

We are so proud to have had the recognition of what we do to try and help the long term unemployed. So five years ago we made a conscious decision to reach out to the unemployed community and became a host employer for volunteers to gain work experience, learn new skills, develop confidence and to become job ready -  all to  increase their chance of getting paid work.

We have found that these schemes have a really positive effect on both the individuals themselves  as well as us as a company. We have seen first-hand that it is often through no fault of their own that they have not worked for a long time. Either bad health, family dependency care and bad luck have often led to a lack of self-worth and resentment and this spirals into a lot of negativity and resentment about the world around them. Our aim was to break the cycle and get people back in to the routine of working.

Over the last 5 years we have had over 75 volunteers that have come through various Government back to work schemes and worked with agencies such as Interserve, the job centre or PLUSS agencies offering a course of 4, 8 week and six month placements.

From those 75 we have been able to take on 9 either permanently or on temporary contracts. That’s 14%. An additional 9, that’s another 14% found a job whilst on the placement, either to a company we have referred them to or they have found independently. All admitted that their job success was a result of them being here as when you are working you tend to look more attractive to an employer as well as gaining that confidence and self-belief again. We believe there is no better reference than if they have by turned up to work every day unpaid and working in all weathers, it is certainly the best recruitment tool we have found and we are proud of our 28% statistic of getting people back to work. Whilst this figure might be look fairly low, there are a large number of individuals that come on placement with the strong will that they never want to work and are just completing the course to keep their benefits, we can and have changed opinions but there will always be those that refuse to help themselves.

We are able to quote these success rate figures when we take volunteers through their induction and very quickly their response and attitude towards us and the placement changes - morale in the business increases and regular feedback from the volunteers suggests that they actually enjoy working at Ucan. We can honestly say that if a volunteer during their 6 month placement is committed and continually hard working we will actively help find them a job either with ourselves or with an organisation within our network.

We are so proud to have won the award for Job Creator of the Year and it is because of our different approach to finding staff and how we help to rehabilitate others back into work that clinched us the second bigger and better award of Winner of Winners - you can't get better than that.

We obviously would always like to improve our statistic and be in the position to offer more volunteers work. This would be possible if we won new contracts and were able to collect in more redundant IT for recycling. If you have any IT you are needing to dispose of then please call Nicky on 0113 242 4421

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