Working with jobseekers

With 72% of employers confirming they wouldn’t interview a candidate without a basic grasp of ICT, and 25% of jobs now advertised only online, digital skills for jobseekers has remained a core focus for Tinder Foundation in 2015-2016.

We have built on our successful working relationship with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and on the ground the referral partnerships between UK online centres and Jobcentres continue to go from strength to strength.

24% of Learn My Way learners are referred into UK online centres by their local Jobcentre or work programme provider. In turn, an estimated 66% of learners supported by UK online centres progress at or into work.

In order to maximise on this relationship, Tinder Foundation set up the Specialist Into Work Network, which now has 167 UK online centre members. Tinder Foundation supports these centres to share best practice with the rest of the network, and it’s with their input that we’ve created resources and tools to help tutors target and work with jobseekers. These include guides on how to work with local Jobcentres, how to use Universal Jobmatch, posters and leaflets for community engagement and session plans for using Learn My Way courses, job search, CV building and interview skills.

When taxi driver Mike Oyameda, 50, moved from London to Oldham, he struggled to find work. After being unemployed for almost three years, he decided to attend a Get Online Week session where he discovered Learn My Way and developed his skills, helping him to finally secure a job.

During last year’s campaign, Mike went to a local event, hoping to improve his chances of finding work. He was introduced to the Jobs and Skills section on Learn My Way, and it proved to be exactly what he needed. He followed all the advice, signing up for job search websites and learning all the interview hints and tips.

With his new and improved skill set, success after success in interviews meant Mike was inundated with job offers. Now, in his role as a security officer, he’s grateful for the huge difference Learn My Way made to his job hunting experience.