Maximus celebrates one year of the Restart Scheme in Kirklees

Maximus has marked the first anniversary of the Restart Scheme in Kirklees as part of a week-long celebration across West Yorkshire.

The Kirklees team were joined by Kirklees Council Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities Councillor Carole Pattison to celebrate the scheme’s success over the past year.

The scheme provides 12 months of tailored and community-based support for people who are long-term unemployed, and forms part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs. People on the innovative scheme are given the opportunity to retrain to find work in growth sectors, gain professional accreditations and improve digital skills.

Working in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Jobcentre Plus, local partners, employers, members of their Community Partnership Network (CPN), and their supply chain partners The Growth Company, Futures and Reed in Partnership, they have been transforming lives across South and West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South and East London.

To mark the scheme’s first birthday, Maximus recently held several celebratory events across six of their offices in West Yorkshire and Nottingham, with events ranging from job fairs and open days to employee award ceremonies.

In Huddersfield, the team held an open afternoon at their Norwich Union House office earlier this month. The event was a fantastic opportunity for guests to meet their local team and learn more about the scheme’s achievements and positive impact in the local community over the past year.

The Kirklees management team provided coaching to their colleagues to enhance their development, along with a quiz and games.  

Across South and West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, Maximus works with over 90 CPN members and nearly 1300 employers to help people get back into work.

Dr Paul Williams, UK Division President at Maximus, said: “It’s fantastic to be celebrating the first anniversary of the Restart Scheme in Kirklees.

“We’ve got off to a brilliant start, we’ve brought so many enthusiastic people into our business and built networks with so many wonderful partners. We’re now seeing more and more people referred to the scheme, so this is the opportunity for us to make a huge impact in the next few years.”

Ben Turner, Operations Manager for Kirklees at Maximus, said: “We had a fantastic day celebrating the first anniversary of the Restart Scheme in Kirklees. It was great for our Employment Advisor teams in Huddersfield and Dewsbury to spend some time working with each other on different activities.  

“I believe our greatest achievement over the past year has been the development and growth of our team. Looking ahead, we’re keen for our teams to continue their learning and development so our participants receive an enhanced quality of service, and we’re able to support more participants entering sustainable employment.”

To find out more about the Restart Scheme and how it is empowering people to achieve their job goals, visit: https://maximus.restart.uk

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