Maximus has marked the first anniversary of the Restart Scheme in Bradford as part of a week-long celebration across South and West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South and East London.
Since the Restart Scheme‘s launch in July 2021, Maximus has supported thousands of people to learn new skills, overcome barriers to work, and move back into meaningful employment.
During our first event in Bradford, the team led by Lorraine Dalton-Thacker, were joined by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Martin Love, Maximus UK Division President, Dr Paul Williams, and Employability Programme Director, Gareth Parry.
Dozens of local community partners, employers and representatives from the Department for Work and Pensions and JobCentre Plus joined the local team to celebrate the scheme’s success so far.
The Bradford team hosted a job fair at their Shire House office, which was a fantastic opportunity for participants to meet partners and employers to learn more about their services and apply for vacancies.
Speaking on the day, Dr Paul Williams, Maximus UK Division President, said: “I’m really excited to be here in Bradford today celebrating the first anniversary of the Restart Scheme.
“We’ve got off to a brilliant start, we’ve brought so many enthusiastic people into our business and built networks with so many wonderful partners. We’re now seeing more and more people referred to the scheme, so this is the opportunity for us to make a huge impact in the next few years.”
The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Martin Love, said: “It’s been wonderful to come here and witness how Maximus and the Restart Scheme are supporting the people of Bradford.
“Bradford, like many cities, has had unemployment problems since the start of the Covid pandemic and helping those people back into work is so important. It’s particularly important as we are looking towards 2025 when we will be the UK City of Culture. There will be lots of opportunities there and we’ve got to make sure that our people are in the right position to be helped into employment.”
Lorraine Dalton-Thacker, Operations Manager for Bradford at Maximus, said: “I am so proud of what the Restart Scheme in Bradford has achieved in our first year. We have made some great connections with community partners and local employers, and have improved the lives of hundreds of participants.
“Bradford is an amazing city, and we are all delighted to be a part of something that makes such a positive impact. We will continue to support people into work as we head towards the City of Culture 2025 celebrations and really make a difference to local communities and neighbourhoods.”