Pertemps and Oxbridge team up to support job seekers affected by pandemic | Pertemps

Pertemps have partnered with Birmingham-based distance learning provider, Oxbridge to revolutionise the job-hunting experience for thousands of people.

In partnership, Oxbridge have launched a range of exciting initiatives to help those who want to increase their chances in the job market. Oxbridge have created a microsite at Oxbridge.uk/jobready which takes a holistic approach to each person, providing them with the tools they need to secure their next job, while giving advice on a range of issues, from mental health and wellbeing to planning their day and setting goals.

The site has a free Job Ready Pack short course, which contains essential tips, advice, and practical exercises for job seekers. Oxbridge has also established a £100,000 fund, which will go towards covering 20% of the course fees of anyone looking to upskill or retrain by enrolling on one of their 250+ professional, accredited courses.

Oxbridge founder, Matt Jones, explains: “With the coronavirus crisis mounting, we feel it’s our responsibility to do everything we can to help people. Entire industries have been hit really hard, and there are thousands of people looking to retrain in a different profession, and we want to help them. If they have a dream, we want to make it a reality.”

The Job Ready Pack is a free, comprehensive course covering three main areas: dealing with redundancy, CV writing, and interview skills. Enrolee’s will be taken through practical guidance on exactly how to deal with their situation, what support they’re entitled to, and how to take care of their mental health during the tricky transition period. The course tackles the dos and don’ts of virtual interviewing along with CV advice and a free CV critique from Gleeson Recruitment Group. The short course also includes a thorough rundown of psychometric testing, with practice tests so that job seekers can assess their skills.

“Now is the time for people to gain new qualifications, or increase their skill set, to ensure they have a secure future,” said Matt. “Thanks to our Job Ready initiatives, we can be with people every step of the way to help them achieve their career goals. We want job seekers to know that they aren’t alone anymore when it comes to gaining the skills and confidence, they need to take that next step.”
Recruitment specialists Pertemps has more than 200 branches nationwide and has worked closely with Oxbridge on the project. Director of Permanent Recruitment at Pertemps, Helen Hibbert, said the Job Ready initiatives will help people stand out from the crowd. She explained, “The microsite isn’t just for those seeking work, it’s also for those that are worried about their job, or that have decided they want a change of direction. It’s great for us to be able to point candidates in the direction of the Job Ready initiatives, where there is so much advice available to them.” 

For the Job Ready microsite, go to Oxbridge.uk/jobready