Employment initiative aims to provide candidates with new skills and practical work experience
SWAPs provide people with the opportunity to learn new skills and gain practical experience in a working environment.
The initiative, which was launched by the DWP in 2013, has been designed to help jobseekers to improve their employability credentials and enhance their CVs.
SWAPs form part of Amey’s social mobility strategy. Over the last few years, the business has been focusing more closely on encouraging people from diverse backgrounds into the infrastructure sector and creating a more sustainable workforce.
SWAPs consist of pre-employment training, work experience on an Amey contract and a guaranteed job interview at the end of the programme.
Stephanie Johnson, people director at Amey, said: “We know that there is a diverse talent pool that is currently untapped in this country. People who, for a varied number of reasons, have fallen through the employment system.
“SWAPs are a fantastic way of giving individuals a taste of what a job at Amey could look like, but also the confidence to take opportunities that are presented to them. We know that this programme will create some fantastic additions to the Amey team and are excited to meet our new candidates.”
It is anticipated that the business will continue to run SWAPs through the year.