MP Charlie Elphicke Impressed with Dover Employability Service

On Friday 1 April, MP for Dover and Deal, Charlie Elphicke saw first-hand how local residents are receiving support to move into work during a visit to Kennedy Scott’s Work Programme centre in Dover on Friday.

Mr Elphicke met with the Kennedy Scott team and spoke with current and past customers about how the company has helped them move from benefits into lasting employment.

Former customer Paul spoke with Mr Elphicke about the support he received from Kennedy Scott at a particularly difficult time in his life.

Previously a primary school teacher, Paul’s health condition had left him unable to work. He then found himself homeless, and by the time he came to Kennedy Scott in early 2014 he was unsure if he would ever work again.

Paul explained to Mr Elphicke that his Employment Consultant, Magdi, helped him to identify what he wanted to do and supported him through the steps he needed to take to start his own business. Paul is now the proud owner of a successful health and fitness company, he has found a permanent home, and is able to pursue his passion for singing and performing.

Paul said: “I will always be so grateful for the help, support and encouragement that the Kennedy Scott team have given me, and it’s great to know that the support continues as long as you need it, even after you get back on your feet.”

Mr Elphicke said, “It was great to visit Kennedy Scott, not only to hear from jobseekers how they can best be helped into work, but to hear about some of their success stories too. It is good to see more and more people in our area are feeling the benefits of being in work.

“Unemployment in Dover and Deal has fallen 44% since 2010. Agencies like Kennedy Scott are an essential part in helping jobseekers find work and taking us one step forward to our goal of 100% employment.”

Dan Wright, Kennedy Scott CEO said, “Our experience shows clearly that getting back to work really can transform the lives of people, and we are delighted to be helping many more people like Paul in Dover to make the transition from benefits into lasting work.”

Each Kennedy Scott client has a personal Employment Consultant who helps them with every aspect of getting a job, including learning about different roles and industries, finding vacancies, making strong job applications and performing well in interviews.

In addition to accessing support from professional in-house advisors, Kennedy Scott has developed an extensive network of third, public and private sector organisations that offer specialist advice and support to people with complex barriers to work.

Jobseekers have access to job vacancies from day one through Kennedy Scott’s close links with employers in all sectors, and they can access skills training, specialist health advice, and in-work support to help them make the transition into work and progress in their careers.

Kennedy Scott delivers the Work Programme in Dover on behalf of prime contractor G4S.