London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) June 02, 2009 -- Information about The Synergy Group's Kickstart programme was included in this month's issue of Housing Benefit Direct, a publication issued by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The article about Kickstart is a rarity in terms of an outside company being mentioned in the publication and serves as proof of the success of the Kickstart programme and its relevance to Local Authorities across the UK. The article in full can be read below:
The Kickstart Programme
In April 2009, the Government made Â£45m available to local authorities benefits departments to assist them in dealing with increased workload due to the current economic situation. Many benefits teams have found that the challenge to the organisation is to find a staffing solution that is financially sustainable in the long term. Traditionally, recruitment for benefits roles has involved a somewhat restricted approach with candidates initially having to meet essential experience criteria in order to be considered for employment. This works well in a candidate rich market but can impede team growth if, as now, there is a shortage of experienced benefits staff within the sector.
In reality, there is only so much overtime your staff can sustain and only so many contract staff the budget will allow. So, how do you find the much needed additional resources to handle the increase in workload, magic them out of thin air? Well, now you can.
Kickstart is a programme developed and delivered by Training Synergy and has been building affordable and effective benefits teams for local authorities for over 10 years. The Kickstart programme takes a broader approach to the issue of staffing by retraining both existing staff from other departments and individuals new to the organisation.
Simply put the programme sources and screens capable individuals with transferable skills and then puts them through an intensive training and assessment programme, after which you then select the most suitable candidates. The Kickstart programme has been delivered to over 100 organisations and placed in excess of 2000 people. For more information on how Kickstart can help you make the most of the additional funding contact Training Synergy on 0800 072 5900 or visit our website, trainingsynergy.com for more details.