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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3 ways Better Jobs, Better Futures can help businesses across Swansea

Better Jobs, Better Futures is a brand new programme from Gower College Swansea aimed at supporting businesses to recruit, retain and progress their staff. We work with businesses who employ people from Swansea and the surrounding areas to deliver a wide range of support aimed at enhancing employee engagement and improving workplace planning, progression and productivity. Through expert career coaching and access to the college’s wider portfolio of skills support, we work with individuals who are seeking new or better work to match them into opportunities with local employers and equip them to be effective employees. Read more

Better Jobs, Better Futures: 3 ways Swansea’s brand new employability initiative is one of a kind

‘Better Jobs, Better Futures’ is a new employability programme supporting people in Swansea seeking new or better employment and businesses seeking to develop and expand their workforce. Here, Employability Partnerships and Programmes Manager, Cath Jenkins, takes us through how Better Jobs, Better Futures, is different to any other employability programme. Read more

New programme set to strengthen city’s workforce

Gower College Swansea is launching a brand new initiative aimed at maximising employability and in-work progression in the Swansea area.

The Better Jobs, Better Futures programme will work alongside the college’s existing upskilling programmes to support unemployed people in finding work, while helping those already in employment to secure better jobs through individually tailored advice and mentoring. Read more

BJBF team with Trundle

New team networks at Swans match

The team from Better Jobs, Better Futures recently went along to see Swansea City play Newcastle at one of the first home games of the season at the Liberty Stadium. The team were joined by representatives from Business Wales and the City and County of Swansea.

“It was a great opportunity to meet and network with businesses from across Swansea,” said Cath Jenkins, Employability Partnerships and Programmes Manager.

“We were also able to start raising awareness of our new Better Jobs, Better Futures programme that will be launched on Friday 29 September.”

BJBF Team

Better Jobs, Better Futures – now open!

Gower College Swansea is launching a brand new initiative aimed at maximising employability and in-work progression in the Swansea area.

The Better Jobs, Better Futures programme will work alongside the college’s existing upskilling programmes to support unemployed people in finding work, while helping those already in employment to secure better jobs through individually tailored advice and mentoring.

For more information, please contact 01792 284450.