Sunderland North Community Business Centre
What we do:
SNCBC works in partnership with Sunderland City Council to provide Job Linkage – a n
nationally accredited Information, Advice and Guidance service that aims to ‘Link Local
People to Local Jobs’.
Our quality customer focused service is free and supports local residents from the City of Sunderland who are not working and want help to get a job; as well as helping Sunderland businesses and inward investors with recruitment needs. We do this by providing innovative and flexible ways to remove barriers that may be preventing individuals accessing education, training and employment opportunities. Through its Community Enterprise Team, SNCBC also works with residents who wish to change employment and supports those investigating self-employment opportunities. We currently deliver a number of outreach services which operate from community centres, libraries and health centres, as well as operating from static bases within the heart of the community. Employer Link is also part of the Job Linkage network in Sunderland. The project offers a fully integrated recruitment service free of charge to any employer, large or small. This free service includes advertising vacancies, jobs and skills matching, application sifting, client screening, customised training to suit employer requirements, support in the preparation of job descriptions and person specifications, organising bespoke recruitment events, an after care service for the client and employer and a single point of contact throughout the recruitment process. Clients are matched to the vacancies by their skills and desirable professions, so we only refer the clients that suit employer requirements. Job Linkage supports the clients extensively on an individual basis in their search for employment and provides a free service including advice, guidance, short training courses and help with application forms to enhance clients’ employability and refer clients to Employer Link when they are job ready.
Who we help:
We support workless residents within Sunderland, employed residents without a full level 3 qualification and residents under threat of redundancy.
How we engage with our clients:
SNCBC has delivered employment support services since 1998 and the service has evolved to ensure all members of the community are fully supported. Examples of engagement include the development of a Community Engagement Team to ensure that the very hardest to reach members of the community are engaged with. A Community Engagement Strategy is currently being produced to develop the service and ensure progress is made to engage with hard to reach groups such as BME communities, lone parents, carers and incapacity benefit recipients.
How we link to mainstream provision:
SNCBC works closely with Jobcentre Plus, referring clients to mainstream provision where appropriate. Working in close partnership with Jobcentre Plus has enabled clients to access work trials which have resulted in full-time, long-term employment opportunities. We have also worked in partnership with Jobcentre Plus through the LPSA secondments.
What we’ve achieved:
We have developed a comprehensive neighbourhood service with 13 local centres in some of the most disadvantaged wards of the city. The service is recognised as a unique public and voluntary sector partnership and has helped over 1,000 clients into employment or training and delivered 300 individual advice sessions to clients without a full level 3 qualification. We are nationally accredited to The Matrix Quality Standard for the delivery of adult Information, Advice and Guidance Services (IAG).
Who we work with:
Our partners include Sunderland City Council, Jobcentre Plus, Sunderland Connexions Service, Fiscus and the LSC.
Address: Winchester House, 51-53 Blackwood Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR5 4PT