Corporate Social Responsibility
SWM launched the RE.WORK INITIATIVE in June 2012 aimed at helping people get into the workplace and employment.
We recognised how difficult it could be for some people to access opportunities for employment. We have seen a growing number of young people struggling to get on the job ladder, and increasing numbers of people who did not have relevant skills or suitable experience to enable them to gain interviews, let alone secure employment. We developed a scheme to allow us to give something back to the community.
We took skills and values that already existed in our business and looked at how we could use these to make a positive difference. SWM are focussed on where the world is heading, rather than looking back. We look to the future with an eye for sustainability at a global and personal level. We’re all about the need to recycle, re-use and repair wherever possible and we were able to extend this philosophy to help others who have had limited opportunities by assisting them to re-train, re-engage and be re-introduced into the work place.
The SWM RE.WORK INITIATIVE is designed like the other parts of our business to be sustainable. We recognise that a large labour resource have in the past not been developed, stimulated or encouraged and we want to offer them a helping hand, so they can reach the opportunities afforded to other members of society.
SWM is working in partnership with other organisations to deliver a programme encompassing:
- Employer values
- Presenting yourself and your skills in the best light
- CV and application skills
- Work experience
- Job specific skills
- Transferable skills
Experience in the workplace provides individuals with the chance to prove their commitment and heighten their awareness of the realities of successful employment. It teaches them why it’s important to turn up on time each day, allows them to develop valuable transferable skills such as team work, clear communication and a strong work ethic. It also helps nurture confidence, assertiveness and independence. For some, work experience can be the taster they need to help decide whether a particular career path is for them. For those who are disadvantaged or who have experienced difficulty finding employment it can be a stepping stone that brings them gently into the workplace.
SWM is working with Pluss the Social Enterprise organisation that supports thousands of disabled people each year to achieve work and a career www.pluss.org.uk
St Loye's Foundation
SWM is working with the St Loye's Foundation to help the long term unemployed get back into work www.stloyesfoundation.org.uk
“A good CV is one thing, but practical experience can be invaluable.”