The leading housing and care provider teamed up with national employment charity Shaw Trust to support members of the local community facing disadvantage into paid employment with Sanctuary and help them build long-term careers.
The employment initiative has seen four local people secure full-time employment with Sanctuary, working as scanning bureau assistants at the Liverpool office. Their new roles entail capturing, indexing and archiving key company papers and preparing and scanning paper records.
Brian, one of the scanning bureau assistants, has Asperger’s syndrome and was out of work for two years before being offered a job with Sanctuary. He had previously worked hard to gain new skills and graduated from University in 2013.
Brian spoke of the difference the new role has made: “Finding full-time work has changed my life for the better. The day I was offered the job with Sanctuary was a very proud moment for me and since then it has really boosted my confidence and given me greater independence.
“This is my first full-time job so I was nervous about whether I would enjoy it and fit in. After a few months in the job I couldn’t be happier working for Sanctuary.
“It’s clear that this was a positive move for me. Being unemployed for two years affected my self-esteem, but the support I have received from Shaw Trust and Sanctuary will help me to build a positive future in work.”
Andrea McDonald, manager for the four employees and scanning bureau manager for Sanctuary, commented: “At Sanctuary, we seek to offer a range of different opportunities to support people into work. Partnerships such as this provide the opportunity for us to work together with other specialist organisations to achieve our aims.
“I am delighted that the jobs we have offered to these four new recruits have made such a difference to them. It is a real confidence boost for people who have been out of work for a while to be given an opportunity such as this. I am confident that these positions will help in their long term career progression.”
Rhys Owen, employer engagement officer for Shaw Trust, said: “Shaw Trust is delighted to have worked with Sanctuary Group and help deliver more jobs for disadvantaged people in Liverpool. It’s good news for the local economy that four local jobseekers have found work. We work with employers across the United Kingdom who recognise the benefit of a diverse workforce. It is important that we continue to identify ways to promote equal opportunities and break down barriers that prevent disabled and disadvantaged people from achieving their career potential.
“Sanctuary’s recruitment process was professional and our four jobseekers received no special treatment over other applicants, they all completed the usual interview process and were offered the positions based on merit. Our partnership with Sanctuary could be used as a model for how other employers can recruit jobseekers from disadvantaged backgrounds.”