Pre-secondment role: HR Business Partner, Fujitsu
Seconded in: Salford
Business Connector role overview
Salford faces many socio-economic challenges, making it difficult for individuals, families and communities to flourish. Kelly is focusing on tackling the two greatest needs in Salford - jobs for local people and ensuring local people have the skills and aspiration to compete for those jobs.
“ It’s fantastic that so many organisations are seconding Business Connectors. Now, having met some of the Business Connectors myself, and seen the good they are already doing and the results achieved, Fujitsu is delighted to be heavily involved in this initiative. ”
28% of Salford families are in receipt of workless benefit – rising to over 40% in some wards of the city. Young people are particularly affected. While 15% of children nationwide live in workless households, in parts of Salford this figure is as high as 40%.
Kelly is focusing on employability projects for young disadvantaged people, such as ex-offenders and other hard-to-reach social groups. This plays to her strengths in the field of human resources, and is helping to tackle the issue of workless households in the North-West.
Case study – Employment in Salford
Kelly is helping local people address the lack of basic skills and high unemployment rates in Salford and working with local businesses and partners to deliver local employment opportunities by:
- Connecting small businesses and social entrepreneurs with expert support and business opportunities to help them grow.
- Supporting charities and local groups in Salford helping people develop new skills and improve their employment prospects.
- Recruiting a pool of businesses to give pro-bono help to voluntary and community organisations helping people in Salford into long-term employment.
- Creating partnerships which identify job opportunities for disadvantaged people and ex-offenders.
- Connecting a number of local Work Clubs with local businesses offering training and employment taster sessions to help people think about different career options.
- Facilitating the training of 30 charity volunteers in Salford by a local security company so they can act as event stewards for a local festival. Volunteers are developing new skills and opening their eyes to a possible career option.
- Setting up a mentor scheme with 9 young carers (16-25 yr olds), supported by the Carers’ Trust to help overcome the main challenge of social isolation faced by many young carers.
- Connecting start-up businesses and social enterprises with other businesses to help them grow.
- Linking local apprentices with local schools in order to help 13-14 year old pupils to consider vocational career options.
- Creating new work experience opportunities for young people with a Salford business.
"It’s fantastic that so many organisations are seconding Business Connectors. Now, having met some of the Business Connectors myself, and seen the good they are already doing and the results achieved, Fujitsu is delighted to be heavily involved in this initiative. We’ve been a pioneer company, having developed and deployed the BITC Connect platform and are certain the work of BITC and the Connectors will benefit communities throughout the country." Duncan Tait, Chief Executive, Fujitsu UK & Ireland (February 2012)
“When the Business Connector role was advertised, it presented a fantastic opportunity to get experience outside of HR, in a completely different environment, whilst allowing me to play to the things I’m passionate about – supporting people and organisations to develop to their full potential and work with some fantastic causes.” Kelly Metcalf