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Kaonix is working with many organisations who are helping to address the issue of unemployment from a number of perspectives as the availability of relevant local employment/ apprenticeship/ training and voluntary opportunities is at the core of addressing many social issues such as social exclusion, anti-social behaviour.
While general unemployment is falling, unemployment among young people continues to be a major cause of concern. In September 2013 1.07 million people aged 16 to 24 in the UK were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) - 14.9% of all young people in the UK - highlighting how disproportionately this group has been impacted by the recent recession.

NEET unemployment remains a priority for both Government and Local Authorities as young people who fail to attain a good education or make early connections to the labour market:

  • face a far greater risk of future periods of unemployment and low earnings;
  • are at higher risk of being socially and politically alienated;
  • have a lower level of trust and engagement in society;
  • are more likely to suffer health problems;
  • are five times more likely to enter the criminal justice system.

While the government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training (now aged 17, and from 2015 to age 18) this doesn't address the problem of how we transition young people from school to work in an effective and efficient way.

Kaonix Solutions Limited has developed a number of tools to help tackle this issue by helping young people not only to decide what type of employment interests them but also to identify current opportunities in their local area quickly and easily.

Re-offending is estimated to cost the UK around £11 billion per year, but it's also individuals, businesses and local communities that suffer. Employment reduces the likelihood of re-offending by up to 50%.

If individuals are diverted away from the criminal justice system and into employment, they become positive contributors to their local area and taxpayers not recipients of tax spending. Employment can offer a route out of re-offending, but without a concerted effort by employers to welcome them, many people who have experienced the criminal justice system won't make it to interview let alone into work.

With 85,000 people in prison in the UK today, and 17% of the UK population aged 18-52 with a criminal conviction more serious than a driving offence, it’s vital that recruiters and employers support ex-offenders.

Kaonix is working with a number of organisations involved in the rehabilitation of offenders to prepare them for the world of employment while they are still in custody.

For example:

  • Helping them to build a winning CV
  • Identifying career opportunities based on aspiration and likes/dislikes for those with little or no work experience
  • Mentoring them through the application process in conjunction with their job coach to ensure they are not applying for unsuitable or unattainable roles
  • Monitoring and reporting outcomes in terms of “what happened next...”

This solution helps reduce the impact of offending:

To society - each re-offending ex-prisoner potentially costs the criminal justice system alone an average of £65,000. Less re-offending also means less crime and fewer victims, creating safer and happier local communities.

To individuals – ex-offenders often have experience of the statutory care system and homelessness. Employment offers the opportunity to leave their previous experiences behind and build skills, confidence and motivation.

To business - Businesses recognise the value of reaching and retaining talent. When businesses don't consider skills and abilities over and above criminal convictions, they are missing out on valuable talent. They can also develop their own employees through volunteering opportunities and by acting on a significant social issue, businesses can create a very distinctive, high-profile commitment that echoes their responsible approach.

Under the Universal Credit, being phased in between October 2013 and October 2017, working-age benefit recipients will receive a single monthly payment directly from the Department for Work and Pensions which will include their support for housing costs. Tenants are then responsible for paying rent to their landlord – a major departure from previous arrangements where landlords received rent payments direct from the local authority.

Local authorities and private landlords are therefore taking an increasingly proactive approach in developing supportive relationships with their tenants, including work-related activity to move people into employment, provision of financial and debt advice and wider service delivery.

A number of Housing Associations and Councils have already set up specialist employment, support and training teams who are committed to giving their residents the best chance of success, offering a range of practical employment and training programmes to help to boost confidence, self-esteem and presentation skills, all of which are essential in the modern world of employment.

The training typically covers a whole range of skills, accredited and non-accredited courses and is supported by Kaonix’s software tools as follows:

  • Building a CV
  • Interest profiler in order to identify the type of work for which the tenant is suited based on their individual likes and dislikes
  • Daily aspirational matching of relevant vacancies
  • Recording the jobs the tenant has applied for
  • The stage they reach in the application process

It is also used by the Employer Engagement teams to identify local businesses who may be able to offer tenants work placements, apprenticeships, voluntary opportunities or full/part-time work.

Kaonix Solutions limited has been involved in the welfare to work sector since 2005 when in partnership with Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG) we developed the UK's first job aggregation and client monitoring system "client-match".

Feed-back and creative input from a number of the leading welfare to work providers including CDG, Avanta and Shaw-Trust, enabled us to develop an enhanced system “w2w” which was launched in 2011. We now have over 100 organisations using the system from work programme primes to colleges, local authorities, training providers, county councils, housing associations, social enterprises and charities, in fact anyone in the business of helping people back into sustainable employment.

The system can be fully branded and either used as a stand-alone web-based tool or integrated with an existing CRM/CMS.

The main benefits of the system are:

  • A time saving job search solution
  • One single system with access to multiple job board vacancies - offers one-stop shop for jobseekers by searching UK's top internet job sites
  • Vacancies mapped to standard industry SOC codes
  • Sophisticated software matches vacancies to selected post-coded areas
  • Facilitates a quicker and more effective internet job search experience
  • Allows advisers & jobseekers to commit more time to the application process
  • Transparent system design gives adviser visibility of submitted applications
  • Enables advisers to select the most appropriate vacancies for their jobseekers
  • External log-in access empowers jobseekers to undertake independent job search
  • Encourages closer working relationship between adviser and jobseeker
  • Easily absorbed within your current IT infrastructure
  • Customise to your organisation by applying your own branding
  • Advisers equipped with data to better direct individual job search activity - enables advisors to offer greater job search support services