Swansea people securing better employment thanks to College scheme

A programme designed to strengthen Swansea’s workforce has supported nearly 400 people and 80 businesses across the city during its first six months in operation.  Read more

How to get ahead in your career – ten tips from an employability expert

Whether you’re just starting out in the working world or your current role is getting a bit stale, a little motivation can help you get ahead in your chosen career. Here with ten tips on how you could get ahead in the workplace is Cath Jenkins, Employability Partnerships and Programmes Manager at Better Jobs, Better Futures, a Gower College Swansea initiative which provides support to people across the city seeking new or better employment.  Read more

Futures Academy Blog – My Potential, My Future

The Futures Academy kicked off in the first week of February and what a fantastic start it has been! Read more

Gender Equality in Business

With recent high-profile cases highlighting the issue of gender equality in the workplace more than ever before, does Wales fare better or worse than the wider UK, and what support is out there for businesses seeking to make a real difference within their workforce? Read more

Underemployment: what is it, and how is it affecting workers in Swansea?

Recent figures have shown that Wales has the highest rate of underemployment in the UK, with employment patterns in Swansea indicating a similar trend. Here, Cath Jenkins, Employability Partnerships and Programmes Manager at Better Jobs, Better Futures, explains underemployment, its effects, and what is being done to tackle the issue. Read more

SMEs: You Have The Power

“Small firms are the lifeblood of the Welsh economy, representing 99% of all registered businesses.” [1]

The importance of SMEs to the economic development and prosperity of Wales cannot be overstated. Governments are acutely aware of the importance of a thriving private sector, and the recent publication of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy and the Welsh Government’s Economic Action Plan signal a welcome emphasis on addressing the critical economic challenges facing small and larger businesses.  Read more

New year, new opportunities

The new year can be an ideal time to consider a new career opportunity but for many people just knowing where to start can be the biggest hurdle!

If you are in employment and considering a career change, seeking a return to employment after spending time out of the world of work, or simply looking for that all important first job, you could benefit from the support available through Gower College Swansea’s Better Jobs, Better Futures programme. Read more

The Recruitment Minefield: Why it’s so easy to make bad recruiting decisions and how to avoid repeating them

As a business owner, HR Manager or line manager, you’ve probably experienced the downsides of recruiting. Getting it wrong can be time consuming, stressful and costly. But with recruitment so often being a guessing game, trying to filter out those candidates who are simply experts at navigating the process from those with true talent and potential can be a seemingly impossible task, particularly when you’re under pressure to fill the role now! Read more

Swansea workforce programme continues growth

-Better Jobs, Better Futures welcome seven new appointments-

A new programme designed to strengthen Swansea’s workforce has welcomed several new appointments to its team.

Better Jobs, Better Futures, which is run by Gower College Swansea, has taken on a number of new staff within their Workforce and Recruitment teams to further develop their support for local businesses.  Read more

The big workforce challenge

What the economy is telling us (and what record employment levels may be hiding)

At face value, recent news highlighting record levels of employment would appear to suggest a very healthy picture for businesses across Wales, but look beneath the surface and it seems the welcome continued decrease in unemployment levels may be masking the real workforce challenge. The issue now appears to be more about underemployment, and the underutilisation of the existing workforce, which is having a direct impact on the levels of productivity.

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