Yorkshire Children’s Centre is a charitable organisation based in Huddersfield, providing practical services aimed at improving the lives of children, young people, adults, older people and families most in need.
After engaging with a Works Better job connector and gaining a better understanding of employment programmes available the company wanted to look at an inclusive recruitment process, with the aim of extending job opportunities to people who have been out of the labour market and supporting them back on their feet into employment.
Charlie is the most recent recruit to The Yorkshire Children’s Centre, after coming to Works Better as a single parent, looking for work that was flexible and understanding of her childcare needs.
As a young person, she had been out of work for six months since finishing maternity leave in her old job. After interviewing Charlie, the company decided she was the right person for the role of Kitchen Assistant. With a Works Better Job Connector, they worked to ensure that the company could accommodate her needs.
They offered flexibility in the role and ensured that they were adaptable when needed and that Charlie wouldn’t lose any hours if she had to leave because of childcare, allowing her to make those hours back up at appropriate times.
These changes have supported Charlie’s wellbeing in the workplace and as a result, Charlie has got her confidence back, enjoys her work and has already taken ownership of weekly events that happen and leads on the organising and preparation.
Embracing more inclusive recruitment and being open to different ways of working has supported the business to develop their staff and support the retention of employees.