• BJBF Team

Partnerships

Tidal Estates & Lettings

Sarah Draper, Director

“To say we are highly satisfied with Better Jobs, Better Futures is an understatement. The service that we have been provided with from start to finish has been exemplary. We met with Beth Fisher on 23rd August 2018 and by 7th September they had advertised the position, shortlisted candidates, conducted a mock interview and booked an appointment for us to interview. Beth listened to our brief and absolutely nailed it. The candidate that we have employed, is one that we have been looking for, for a long time, one with passion and enthusiasm! We have also liaised with Julie Bowen, regarding our apprentice and I am extremely pleased with the service and communication provided by both Beth and Julie, they are a credit to Better jobs, Better futures. We can highly recommend the service to all of our professional contacts.”

Ensure You

Philip Howells, Principal

“When I first met Zoe at Better Jobs, Better Futures I knew that I was in good hands. Zoe took time to understand the business and ensure that the role profile for the advert was exactly what the business needed. As soon as the vacancy went live the number of applications was astounding and within 2 days we had over 70 applications. Whilst this was great, my fear was that I was going to have to sift through all the applications and interview the short listed candidates. I spoke to Zoe who was already replying to candidates and had made a short list to interview. Without the help of Zoe and the team I would still be looking for the ideal person for my business. I am really pleased to say that Ensure You now has the right person in place to help take the business forward. I would highly recommend the services offered by Better Jobs, Better Futures and would not have felt fully equipped to undertake the recruitment process without their amazing help from the start to the very end.”

Right at Home

James Foley, Managing Director

“Working alongside Gower College’s Better Jobs, Better Futures programme for the last year has proven to be a major quality partnership for my business. The level of support and advice has been invaluable; I feel so much more confident knowing that the Better Jobs, Better Futures team are just on the end of a telephone line and I found the recruitment and disability support especially useful.

We have also used the support of GCS Training in aiding our employees to commence their mandatory QCF level 2 in Health and Social Care. Myself and my Manager are also completing our level 5 and the course has been very enjoyable and invaluable.  I have learnt a lot and feel less daunted about applying my new skills into the business.

The Better Jobs, Better Futures team have encouraged me and enthused me in my business endeavors.  It has been a pleasure to be working with them, and as a new and ambitious team here at Right at Home Swansea, we see our future very much in partnership with Better Jobs, Better Futures and Gower College Swansea.”

DWJ Wealth Management

Danni Watts-Jones, Director

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to the team working within the BJBF project. The recruitment process was slick and you took all the hassle out of sifting through endless CV’s and initial interviews. Both candidates that you put forward were of a very good standard and we would have offered them both a position. You understood our brief completely and in doing so we feel you have found us the perfect, mouldable candidate. As and when we expand you will be at the top of our list for future recruitment. Thank you again.”

ABMU

Ruth Gates, Apprentice Lead

“ABMU are proud to work with Better Jobs, Better Futures to help advise their clients on the wide range of job opportunities within the NHS; including the growing number of apprenticeship positions in a variety of departments.  We are looking forward to the future development of the partnership and providing more work experience placements and advice to the ever growing client group.”

Countrywide Hearing Ltd

Kate Reed, Finance Manager

“We recently used the recruitment services of Gower College Swansea’s Better Jobs, Better Futures programme when needing to appoint two new positions in our business. The team were able to provide advice on job adverts, market rate and undertake pre-interview telephone screening of candidates.  We found this very helpful, saving us time and resources and enabling the posts to be filled by strong candidates more quickly.  The service was free yet provided by qualified and experienced staff.  We would recommend using Gower College Swansea’s services to any local business looking for staff.”

Joes Ice Cream

Lucy Hughes, Director

“Our experience with Zoe and Dan from Better Jobs, Better Futures has been fantastic. With their help, we have successfully appointed two office roles and one production role in a short space of time. They have saved us a lot of time and resource by setting up the advert, sifting through applications and conversing with the candidates throughout the process. The candidates offered to us have been of great quality, and we will not hesitate to use their service again.”

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Checkmylegalfees.com

Kerry-Anne Moore, Director and Costs Lawyer

“Better Jobs, Better Futures was recommended to me by my business advisor at Business Wales as I was struggling to find the right person with the right skills to recruit within our expanding Swansea office. I met with Zoe Williams at Gower College in Swansea and immediately felt that I was in safe hands. Zoe understood precisely what qualities and skills I was looking for in a potential employee and put processes in place to ensure that I would not be bogged down with the minefield of recruiting. Zoe also assisted with interviews and gave up a significant amount of her time to ensure that the process was as hassle free for me as it could be. The entire process lasted only a matter of weeks and I have now found the ideal recruit as well as a work experience person. I would highly recommend the services offered by Better Jobs, Better Futures and would not have felt fully equipped to undertake the recruitment process without the help of Zoe and the programme.”

Order Uniform UK Ltd

Kelly Jenkins, Owner

“One of my customers referred me to Better Jobs, Better Futures after they had received help with their recruitment needs. Being a small company and having never interviewed anyone before, we were completely out of our depth. Zoe came to our premises, saw what we do and asked us a load of questions to get a better understanding of what we were looking for. Zoe and the team walked us through every step; they helped write our job advert, sift through applications, book our candidates in for interview, and even sat in on the interviews with us to make sure that we were doing what we needed to do to get the best candidate for the job. By the end they knew my business and its needs better than I did!

Fast forward a few months, and we were ready to advertise for another employee. With no hesitation I picked up the phone, and within 24 hours our new vacancy was live and applications were coming in. I can’t praise everyone in the BJBF team enough; nothing is too much for them, no question is silly and no company is too small for them to help. They saved us so much resource, and it feels like they are a true part of our business. I can honestly say that without them, we wouldn’t have successfully recruited our new staff members. If you are looking at recruiting new team members, then you won’t find anyone better than Better Jobs, Better Futures to support you.”

John Morse Solicitors

Rachel Tyrell, Practice Manager

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to Beth and the team at Better Jobs, Better Futures.  We urgently needed to recruit a receptionist and the position was filled within 2 days.  They immediately knew what we were looking for and found us someone who has fitted in perfectly and hopefully will be a long term member of staff.  Beth saved us so much time advertising and trawling through CV’s which is how we have previously approached recruiting support staff.  We would highly recommend using Gower College Swansea’s services to any local business looking for staff.”

Low Cost Vans

Lorraine Kitchin, HR Manager

“We recently used Gower College Swansea’s Better Jobs, Better Futures programme when we needed to recruit an Apprentice Receptionist and Customer Service Representative. The team were so helpful and provided pre-screening of all the candidates CV’s which was of huge benefit to the business. We filled both posts with strong candidates with the exact previous experience we were looking for.  The service is amazing and Beth and the team worked really hard for us. We would highly recommend using Better Jobs, Better Futures services to any business. Thank you.”

Vortex IOT

Nick Beckett, Director

“The team at Better Jobs, Better Futures have been amazing. Zoe and Daniel took the time to understand what was important to our business and managed an intense period of recruitment for our growing team. BJBF were equally effective with both administrative and technical roles, helping candidates to feel engaged and managing the process from beginning to end. It is fair to say that BJBF are an essential part of our recruitment process and we would not hesitate to use their services again.”

Arvato Bertelsmann

Anthony Pompa, Head of Customer Services

“Apprenticeships are one of the most important tools for tackling the skills gaps businesses face today, helping them boost productivity and innovation and prepare for the ever-evolving talent requirements of the future. One of the challenges faced by our business today is recruiting school leavers and graduates who have limited work-based experience. Our apprenticeship programme enables us to provide young people with not only a first step into the world of work, but a respected qualification and hands-on professional experience. Arvato Swansea is investing and growing its apprenticeship scheme which is providing a clear return on investment, not only in immediate commercial gains but in developing the skill-sets businesses in the local community will need to tackle future challenges. Arvato worked closely with Better Jobs, Better Futures to recruit two new apprentices into the Arvato business. The team promptly visited our offices, understood our needs and found suitable candidates for the apprentice roles. In addition, the team supported the paperwork and all the initial screening to ensure the employers input remained valuable with limited effort. Thank you”

Opinion Research Services

Robyn Griffiths, Call Centre Manager

“In addition to achieving results almost instantly, working with Better Jobs, Better Futures has been an extremely streamlined, easy and satisfying process. Given how fast things move nowadays, having the ability to speak directly with people within their team, such as Dan Parvin, to explain the requirements of the company, adds a personal touch which isn’t particularly common in the current climate. It has allowed things to move along so much quicker and appears to work very well for all involved, particularly, their candidates who themselves are looking to secure employment. We are very happy with the relationship which has been developed not to mention the staff we have obtained through the service. We intend to continue using Better Jobs, Better Futures and would implore any local businesses to do the same.”

Light Lettings Ltd

John Penquet, CEO

“I would like to recommend and thank Beth for her excellent work which goes way beyond expectations. Beth has supported our business with referrals and leads, as well as helping to place an excellent trainee in a key role. Beth is always on hand to help and is an absolute pleasure to work with. From her friendly nature through to her eagerness to learn about how our business can be best supported, Beth is always happy to help and is valued enormously by all members of our business. If any business owners are looking for support with staff and placements, Beth is without doubt the person to talk to before anyone else!”

Cogent Seating

Gareth, Operations and Logistics Director

“We are extremely happy to be working with Better Jobs, Better Futures and they have been an excellent support. From start to finish the process has been seamless and incredibly beneficial to our business, and we are very much looking forward to continuing the good work in 2019 and beyond. Thank you.”

Gower Fresh Christmas Trees

Katharine Morgan, Manager

“When we first met with Better Jobs Better Futures, we were advertising through a well-known job platform, but really struggling to recruit for temporary staff. Beth explained what BJBF was able to offer and that it could be tailored to suit our needs. She asked if she could view the current job adverts and descriptions to see if any improvements could be made, so that we were able to attract more applicants. Beth advised several suggestions, for example, that the adverts lacked content as why would someone want to come and work for us and details of what the job would entail.  She asked if we were willing for her to take the information gathered during our meeting away and come back to us with suggested improvements. When Beth emailed the details across, she had not only re-written the adverts but also included job descriptions. We placed the new adverts online and were quickly inundated with applicants, more than we could have ever imagined. In addition, Beth has also advised on a staff induction process that would enable all staff to understand what would be required of them during their day to day duties. Beth has kept in constant touch with us and arranged to visit on several occasions to ensure that we were happy with the recruitment processes in place.  The adverts and job descriptions are something that we are now able to use and adapt for future use. The advice and guidance has been invaluable and we will continue to use the services of Better Jobs, Better Futures for our recruitment going forward.”

NetBop Web Development

Andrew Downie, Managing Director

“A few of our clients had used Better Jobs, Better Futures previously and so we arranged a meeting with Beth. I have to say that it is a great service which I would thoroughly recommend as it has been a hugely time saving for us. I look forward to working with Better Jobs, Better Futures again in the near future.”

BBC Wales

Steven Sandrey, New Talent Schemes Manager

“BBC Wales recently worked in partnership with the Better Jobs, Better Futures team at Gower College Swansea to promote the Digital Journalism Apprenticeships currently available within the organisation. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Gower college Swansea, particularly Louise Dempster and Lucy Hartnoll for their help and co-operation in making this happen.  The event was a great success and very well organised by staff who were very friendly and accommodating in assisting with the event. College staff helped us identify students who were interested in a career in journalism, booked the appropriate rooms and resources required to execute the event and looked after all necessary logistical planning. The whole process was very slick and problem- free and helped contribute to the success of the event. Diolch!”

Poundstretcher

Paul Hartley, Area Manager

“After initial meetings with Emma & David it was clear there was passion to support local people in finding employment and help them become better and more confident people whilst also helping local businesses with their recruitment needs. Our first recruitment day found 7 new people to join our business across 4 local stores, our highest percentage success rate for any recruitment day. It shows the drive and effort put in to find the right people for the role advertised by the team at Better Jobs, Better Futures and the high calibre of candidates wanting to work within the retail sector. I’m sure this is just the start of a great partnership between us and the team at Better Jobs, Better Futures and I look forward to working together in the future.”

Subway

Richard Rees, Franchisee

“We recently started a partnership with the Better Jobs, Better Futures team to help us recruit our staff. We were pleasantly surprised that such a service existed. The team advertised our roles, sifted CV’s and scheduled interviews for us and we were even able to use their offices for the interviews. This process freed up a lot our time to focus on other tasks within the business. Emma and Rhian were so helpful and really positive which made working with them a joy. I would certainly recommend these guys and have used their service various times and will continue to do so.”