DVLA Employability Skills Ambassadors
One of Swansea’s largest employers with around 6,000 employees we are situated within a deprived area. Inspired to have a workforce representative of the community we serve and, supporting the Civil Service commitment to remove barriers and discrimination, creating an inclusive culture where all have the opportunity to thrive and succeed DVLA’s Employability Skills Programme launched aiming to help address social mobility issues.
To truly understand what part DVLA can play as a major and responsible employer in this area we surveyed organisations such as; DWP, Remploy, CRISIS, YMCA, Careers Wales and others with analysis reflecting the need to introduce a training programme to enable its attendees to become the workforce of tomorrow.
•93% requesting sessions delivered as individual modules,
•A pre-employment workshop or similar to prepare people for what the roles are like, interview prep, application support, etc.
Collaborating across HR a 12 month plan of external events was agreed, workshops have doubled in its 2nd year. Internally, Ambassadors have delivered workshops for staff networking groups, supported Festival of Learning week and further raised the profile of the Programme by publishing articles reaching all staff and increasing the Ambassador pool.
Operating as a virtual team spread across the Agency, all volunteers are committed to giving something back and are proud to dedicate their efforts on our corporate social responsibility and proactively support initiatives that benefit our communities/schools and ultimately our local community.
Their common goal to help empower individuals with the confidence and skills to become employment ready. They undertake this in addition to their roles and this Programme offers something different from the ‘day-job’, as it takes staff away from their familiar routines and provides them an opportunity to gain new skills and to help those who need our support, to help level the playing field.