Collaboration with the DWP

Richard Kritzinger
5 March 2024

In May 2023 - Vocation Recruitment were asked by Amberon TM (now Core Highways) to assist in their recruitment drive in areas they found especially difficult to recruit in, with the main area being Peterborough. With a massive scheme starting, they needed trainees to assist on the schemes.

Vocation Recruitment sprang into action and started speaking to referral partners about the possibilities of using a space to run an induction and a TTMBC course. 

The Job Centre Plus, Peterborough, were more than happy and willing to jump in and help us with this. Providing a meeting room to conduct the induction and the TTMBC course. Since starting this bespoke recruitment model, VR has put on 5 cohorts for Core Highways Peterborough. 

Over the past 12 months, with the support of the JCP, we have managed to book 44 candidates onto the induction, with placing over 95% into work following their TTMBC course. 

The newly qualified operatives worked via Vocation Recruitment at Core Highways on their schemes. Many of the operatives, starting to find their place in the traffic management world, We have had an impressive 20% being offered full time permanent work with Core Highways 

Vocation currently has another 8 operatives still actively working at Core Highways and would likely be offered permanent positions in the coming weeks. 

Without the help and support of the Job Centre in Peterborough, VR would have struggled to help so many candidates back into work. A massive debt of gratitude must be given to Anthony Dawson and his team who worked tirelessly to assist us in making sure we had suitable candidates on our courses. 

Quote from Lewis Erskine, Director, Vocation Recruitment, about working with the JCP

“Tony and the team at Peterborough have thoroughly embraced working with Vocation Recruitment Ltd and helped get people interested in the traffic management jobs that have been brought to their district.  They have been able to refer some great people to us and have always been extremely helpful and supportive in facilitating a national client”.

Quote from Anthony Dawson, Partnership Manager, Jobcentre Plus, Peterborough 

“Over the last year, Peterborough Jobcentre Plus has engaged on a number of short vocational courses with Vocation Recruitment. They are well organised and always arrive promptly for set-up, ready to receive our customers on-site. They deliver a group session that introduces the employer, in this case Core Highways.


The work is explained and they then deliver the Trainee Traffic Management Basic  Course, followed by an exam along with the required Drug and Alcohol testing. Upon completion of the course the students leave with a full bag of the required PPE that Vocation Recruitment pay for themselves.


Our customers leave the room ready to commence work, sometimes immediately, the following week!  We have found them to be quite outstanding in their approach to looking after the students and most importantly they place 90 -100% of participants in work, which is just fantastic. They are a pleasure to work with.”

Testimonials from some of the operatives on the course:

Rhys - “From the start it was great, I met a lot of great people. Enjoyed the work given to me. Great environment to be around, not a lot of pressure to do everything perfectly for the first time”. 

Prudhvi - “This is the best place to start the job. I have never seen an agency like this. They have a good team. Richard is very helpful to the HR there. They will help you do the courses as well. I am happy to share this now  I am a permanent one of the company because of them I am getting good money.”

Raymond - “I worked for vocation recruitment  and i was very happy  there.Would i recommend vocation recruitment 100%.  “

Sam - “Vocation recruitment is a great agency, they have excellent communication and when there's a problem they do their best to fix it. “

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