Jobseekers off benefits and into jobs with College support 

Jobseekers went on to successfully secure employment with a national award-winning security company, Constant Security, after completing the Highfield Door Supervisor Course at Cheshire College – South & West.  

There are more people returning to work and feeling more confident in employment as statistics show unemployment rate stands at 4.0%; the last time it was this low was December 1974 to February 1975, an impressive feat with Brexit looming.  

This was the first time Cheshire College – South & West had run the Highfield Door Supervisor Course, for Jobcentre claimants. Five successful attendees achieved passes in:  

  •          Door Supervision
  •          Conflict Management
  •          Substance Misuse Awareness

Deborah Grieve, JCP Coordinator, regularly invited local security companies to meet with students. As a result, Constant Security, an independent, family-run and national award-winning specialist in the provision of security services in the UK, interviewed and offered employment to three of the learners upon course completion.  

James McCann, was one of the students who successfully gained employment with Constant Security and has recently started putting his skills to the test.  

‘’I loved the course, we have a great group and a great tutor. 

‘’The course definitely surpassed my expectations, the breadth of information provided was incredible.’’  

Lee Povey, who was also successful in gaining employment upon completion of the course said: ‘’Paul (Tutor) was great. The course was extremely informative and it has boosted my confidence, ready for when I start work.’’  

Paul Bolland, the Course Tutor said: “I have really enjoyed passing on my experience and preparing learners for a new career in the security industry through delivering the Door Supervisor course.  

‘’The learners were all keen to develop themselves and acquire new skills, which made my job so much the easier.” 

Maria Davison, Director of Business Development and Apprenticeships, commented: “Here at Cheshire College – South and West, we’re committed to supporting the community. We deliver Apprenticeships and Work Based Learning, which means our learners gain sustained employment with local employers.   

‘’We value the support of employers such as Constant Security and we are keen to work with other employers who want to work with us to grow and upskill their workforce.  

A spokesperson for Department for Working Pensions (DWP) said: ‘’We value our continued partnership work with our local colleges and providers such as Cheshire College – South and West. The example given is one of many that demonstrates how effective partnership working can be to prepare our claimants for the local labour market.’’ 

JCP have been instrumental in helping obtain their licenses and badges and are continuing to work closely with the College to support the students.

If you are interested in studying at Cheshire College – South & West, or for more information, call 01270 654654 / 01244 656555 or visit ccsw.ac.uk.

Five successful attendees of the Highfield Door Supervisor Course. Left-Right, Adam Evans (Learner), Darren Shippen (Learner), James McCann (Learner), Lee Povey (Learner), Martin Jones (Contract Support Manager Constant Security), Maria Davison (Director of Business Development & Apprenticeships), Julie Lynch (DWP Employer Advisor) and Deborah Grieve (CCSW/JCP Coordinator).