Unlocking potential for Oxfordshire

April 19, 2017

Oxfordshire's low unemployment is creating major recruitment challenges for businesses. So in response, employment charity Aspire Oxford is organising an employers' conference designed to help companies meet their business needs through flexible recruitment.

The conference is called Unlocking Pontential for Oxfordshire. The event is being held during Responsible Business Week and is the first of its kind in Oxfordshire.

The conference is free to attend and promises to be an inspiring experience for any businesses interested in finding out more about flexible recruitment. Employers attending can learn about the advice and in-work support available to give them confidence in recruiting from disadvantaged groups.

Darren Burns from Timpson is the key note speaker and leading national companies including Pret a Manger and Land Securities will talk about their own experiences of successfully recruiting disadvantaged people. The conference also includes a networking lunch. All attendees will be given a free, practical guide on how to get started with flexible recruitment. Places for the conference are going fast, with delegates such as John Lewis, the flagship store for the new Westgate Shopping Centre, already signed up.

The conference is supported by the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, JobCentrePlus and key members of the Responsible Business Group “Reciprocate”, including Allen Associates and Unipart.

Paul Roberts, Chief Operating Officer at Aspire Oxford, says: This conference is about giving employers the confidence to recruit more flexibly, and showcasing the benefits of giving disadvantaged people a chance in the world of work. Thousands of local people in Oxfordshire want to work and could do so, given the right support. The benefits of flexible recruitment are significant. Not only will employers be able to fill their job vacancies, they will gain people who are dedicated, hard-working and stay in the job for longer. This is an exciting opportunity for Oxfordshire’s business community to set an example for others in promoting socially responsible recruitment.”

For more information and to book your place call 01865 204450 or email rosa@aspireoxford.co.uk

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