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Employment Access Team - Testimonials

A number of the city's big employers have used our services recently. This is what they say about us.

Horbury Group

"Horbury Group have worked on a number of projects where they have been asked to employ local people.

We work collaboratively with Carillion and the Council's Employment Access Team to strategically plan the labour force recruited from the Councils target areas and hard to reach groups. This is a mutually beneficial process and as a result we have gained some quality workers and apprentices that we might not otherwise have considered.

Going forward we are already planning to use the Employment Access Team to support further work we secure in the Birmingham area when we need to recruit"

Director, Horbury Group


"Tesco has worked with Birmingham's Employment Access Team on the recruitment of staff for our regeneration partnership schemes throughout the city. We are committed to giving employment opportunities to long term unemployed people and have developed an excellent pre-employment training course.

"We are impressed with the ability of Birmingham's EAT team to find a great calibre of candidates from different backgrounds. Our partnership work has had a huge impact in helping us get committed and enthusiastic staff in our Birmingham stores".

Regional Corporate Affairs Manager, Tesco


“Carillion were appointment to work on the construction of the new Library of Birmingham. When it came to looking at our requirements for local employment and training, we expected to spend the first six months finding our feet and understanding local contacts and who did what.

Thankfully, this was not the case in the end – Birmingham City Council’s Employment Access Team provided an established and proven conduit to all of the local stakeholders and the local workforce, which allowed us to hit the ground running.

The Employment Access Team is both unique and vital to the success of the local employment challenge on the Library – and I in no way underestimate the impact of the Employment Access Team. Their dedication, skills and enthusiasm has made a massive difference to the Project and I am sure we will be able to achieve our employment targets for the Library with continuing support from them.”

Operations Director, Carillion National Building


“We were delighted with the 19 employees we recruited from the Employment Access Team’s first Manufacturing Route Way training programme. The programme introduced unemployed candidates to modern manufacturing techniques, helping them adapt quickly to the Cadbury factory processes.

The assessments part of the programme helped us to easily see how each trainee had achieved high standards of reliability, including excellent attendance and punctuality, physical fitness to work on a production line and an ability to follow standard operating procedures.

Many of the people we took on from the training programme worked on our Easter Egg production-line, where they helped set new production records. And as soon as we learnt of the second Route Way programme, we jumped to it and recruited another 25 people from it.

The training has delivered very high quality employees for us.”

HR manager, Cadbury

Network Rail

“The New Street Gateway will not only deliver a world-class rail station but also create long standing economic benefits for Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Network Rail anticipates that around 1,000 people in total will work on the project throughout its construction and we are working closely with the Employment Access Team to make employment and training opportunities available for local people.”

Programme Sponsor, Network Rail


“The recruitment process on the Library of Birmingham through Carillion and Birmingham City Council’s Employment Access Team has really exceeded our expectations. We are thrilled with the response we have had and the quality of clients presented for interview. Thanks!”

Senior HR Manager, EMCOR Engineering

Service Birmingham

“Through our partnership with Birmingham City Council’s Employment Access Team, we have been able to address one of the key issues around worklessness – creating meaningful employment for people who are disadvantaged, especially those from the most deprived areas of Birmingham, particularly lone parents, carers, and people with disabilities or long-term health conditions. We have recently marked a significant milestone in recruiting our 100th Customer Service Advisor through this partnership.”

CEO, Service Birmingham


“Amey and Birmingham City Council’s Employment Access Team are working in partnership to engage local workless people and support them into training and job opportunities linked to the Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management Service. The partnership is committed to this objective, and is using this route as its main focus for recruitment into the Birmingham project.

As part of the recruitment process, local unemployed people attend pre-employment training where they undertake a period of customised training leading to qualifications such as the New Roads and Streetworks Act, which is an essential qualification for Streetlighting Operatives.

The customised training element is an essential part of the process and ensures that new recruits join us with the required skills and qualifications. The calibre of candidates put forward has been exceptional and Amey look forward to a continuing partnership with the Employment Access Team.”

Project Director, Amey

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Last Updated - 12th April 2013