By Mari Arthur, Cynnal Cymru and Nirushan Sudarsan, leader with Cardiff Citizens
Cynnal Cymru in partnership with Citizens Cymru Wales and IKEA hosted the launch of the Bay Citizens’ Community Jobs Compact back in February 2017. The event brought together large and small businesses from across Cardiff to discuss ethical recruitment and employment practices with members of the community in Butetown, Grangetown and Riverside.
The compact came out of a lot of one-to-one conversations and a listening campaign in the local community which made it clear that unfair employment practices and a lack of local employment opportunities existed, particularly in areas in and around Butetown and Grangetown.
It was an insightful and inspiring event being able to hear about the experiences of local people with regards to recruitment and employment in Cardiff. A number of local employers committed at the launch to work with Citizens Cymru Wales and Cynnal Cymru to tackle these issues and signed the Community Jobs Compact, committing to a Living Wage, fairer recruitment practices and permanent jobs for their employees. View the Twitter Moment here – https://twitter.com/i/moments/836577623677497345
We hoped this movement would continue to grow to improve opportunities for local people. Since the launch we have taken more action resulting in more progress! With our group of young leaders from the BRG (Butetown, Riverside and Grangetown) area of Cardiff, we have met with a host of organisations to get them to sign-up to the compact and have others in our sights that we want to sign-up!
ITV Wales, IKEA, National Assembly for Wales, WCVA, Keep Wales Tidy, BAWSO, Cynnal Cymru, The Mentor Ring, Welsh Government, and Cardiff Community Housing Association.
Wales Millennium Centre, Admiral Insurance, Principality, Techniquest, Cardiff City FC
The Compact will also ensure all staff have the option of a permanent contract, and demonstrate opportunities for growth and development, for instance through internal career progression and mentoring.
For all employers who sign the Compact, Bay Citizens will promote job opportunities in the community and encourage local people to apply; provide support to local people to complete applications and prepare for interview and signpost employers to organisations who can support them to implement the Compact commitments.
Here is some feedback from the Organisational Development Manager at the National Assembly for Wales after running some well attended outreach events in the local community:
Rhodri Wyn Jones
Organisational Development Manager, National Assembly for Wales
“Hi Ali, I just wanted to let you know the latest from our apprenticeship scheme. We’ve finished the sift and 13 out of 14 BAME candidates who applied have been invited to our assessment centre. This is more than ever before!! I’m positive that this is because of the work you’ve done with us and the advice you’ve given along the way. BIG THANKS!!”
If you are interested in finding out more about the Community Jobs Compact please email Ali.Abdi@citizenswales.org.uk