Added on: 30th April, 2014 by _12535
DWP Awards, April 2014
We are pleased to announce that Robert Richardson, General Manager of The Grand won the award for “Employer Engagement” in the region at this year’s annual Department for Work & Pensions / Job Centre Plus employer awards held in Folkestone yesterday.
Some of the efforts and initiatives that Mr. Richardson undertook this year are listed below:
1. Held four classes in interview techniques for job seekers at the Folkestone Job Centre Plus office
2. Hosted the Ministerial visit for Esther McVey MP and provided the case studies and the opening address to DWP personal and Job Centre Staff from Kent and London
3. Been interviewed (along with two other members of his team) for two media adverts for the DWP which were also filmed at The Grand
4. Taken 20 persons on work experience, employing the bulk of them
Aside from the above (and in the last 24 months) Mr. Richardson has been delighted to deliver several presentations on behalf of the Folkestone Job Centre to the Director of JCP for London and the South East at the Microsoft Offices in London and spend a day with the DWP press office and social media team in Westminster.
Last year on behalf of the Job Centre in Folkestone Robert hosted a hoteliers job skills live Twitter Q&A which achieved total impression of over 26,000 twitter users.
The total number of recruits that Mr. Richardson has coached via Work Experience have now passed 40 since 2010 which is a great achievement, even more so is the fact that employment at The Grand has been found for the majority.
Robert Richardson said “Clearly I’m over the moon to have won and had our efforts to reduce employment recognised on a larger scale”.
Cllr Russell Tillson, Deputy Leader of Shepway District Council also attended the event and in a letter sent to the office of Esther McVey MP had the following to say:
‘Under your (Robert Richardson) stewardship and following an impressive series of initiatives, The Grand has now emerged as one of Folkestone’s foremost employers. I know of no other local employer who has developed such a fruitful relationship with Jobcentre personnel and who has provided such a range of admirable training and employment opportunities for our young people locally.
I know that you have recruited nearly thirty young people over the last three years. Of still greater significance, however, is that the majority of these recruits have been retained in employment at The Grand. I have had the opportunity to speak with a number of individual staff members, and I have been deeply impressed with their appearance, their courtesy, their dynamism and, above all else, their commitment to their jobs and to you.
I am also very aware of the fact that it is your practice to focus upon the skills set of each one of your employees. To that end, you invest, and at your own expense, in courses and in training designed to equip them with additional qualifications and, of course, enhanced job marketability.
Your young employees do you great credit. You in your turn are a flagship employer, and your dedicated work is a source of great pride to me and to my council colleagues. May I offer you my sincere congratulations and thanks for all you do on behalf of the town and its young people.’
Wednesday 30th April 2014