Sarina Russo Job Access ‘Numero Uno’ in West Midlands

The West Midlands is home to the UK's number one employment agency for helping the long-term unemployed back into sustainable work, according to recent Work Programme performance data released by the Department of Work and Pensions.

Working as one of several subcontractors to the Employment & Skills Group (esg), Sarina Russo Job Access has exceeded government targets for the number of people helped back into long-term work.

"We have helped 20% more people into long-term work than the best lead provider in DWP's performance tables. By our reckoning, that makes us the number one employment services provider in the country in terms of helping long-term unemployed people to get back into work!"

Sarina Russo Job Access, CEO, Mark Berlese said these results are a tribute to our teams' entrepreneurial philosophy and our ability to focus on what a jobseeker 'can do'.

"We empower people to be accountable and responsible for their life, to never stop learning, to persist and to believe in themselves with passion.

"Kelly from Coventry is a wonderful example of how we help people turn their lives around.  Kelly wrote in her blog after she got a job as a night care assistant:

"Well, it's official - I am employed . . . My first shift at Grove House is on Wednesday morning and I can't wait.  . . . I have a job. I HAVE A JOB! People can keep their opinions to themselves now, stop bitching about me and name-calling and having negative views because I have a job . . . and I got it with my own hard work and my own personality and abilities and with some positive reinforcement from the wonderful Ben at Sarina Russo (he has been a God send).  I'm trying to keep positive for this, trying to have some self-confidence. I am good enough, I will succeed. http://coventryalloveragain.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/i-am-good-enough-i-will-succeed/

Mr Berlese said Sarina Russo Job Access also puts a lot of time and effort into securing outcomes for those jobseekers who face substantial barriers to employment.

"We educate employers that it makes good business sense to employ locals and give parents, mature aged people and those with a disability an opportunity to prove their abilities in the workforce.

Local Coventry employers Rebecca Tallis from Next and Natalie Salmon from Manpower both believe the community benefits when local businesses employ local jobseekers.

Rebecca Tallis said: "I rely on local customers to support my business so it makes perfect sense for me to hire local people".

Natalie Salmon said: "As an employer, I'm always prepared to give someone a go as long as they show the right attitude to work.

"You can always teach someone skills, but a jobseeker's most valuable asset is having the right attitude. That's what Sarina Russo Job Access does so well they ensure their jobseekers understand what employers expect in a good employee.''

Mr Berlese said all Sarina Russo Job Access jobseekers are encouraged to respond positively and take action to improve their employment prospects by improving their confidence and skills through education and training.

"We launched our 'Jobs for a Better Community Campaign - 600 jobs in 100 days' back in September. It's proved so successful, we have already hit 600 and are on target to help 750 local people into local jobs by the end of the year," Mr Berlese said.