KX Recruit celebrates helping 1,000 people into work
A local partnership set up to ensure residents enjoy the economic benefits of the new King’s Cross Development has celebrated the important milestone of helping to get 1,000 people into work.
KX Recruit (KXR) is a partnership between Camden Council, Islington Council and King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership. Its aim is to make sure that Camden and Islington residents enjoy the benefits of the thriving and diverse economy on the King’s Cross Development by supporting local people into good quality employment and training opportunities.
KXR’s free professional recruitment service for these employers helps to grow their businesses and supports our shared vision of an inclusive local economy that reduces local unemployment, poverty and inequality of opportunity.
Among the Camden residents who found a job recently with the help of KXR is Lucy Palmer, 18, who works at King's Cross Academy Primary School as a play worker. Lucy said: "I came to KX Recruit for a practice interview and their recruitment advisor also showed me around the area and where the school was. I started work at the school in September and I love it there."
We’re delighted that KX Recruit has now supported over 1,000 local people to find jobs and is helping more than 100 employers to meet their recruitment needs. It has also been encouraging to see new links built with employers, as well as strengthening existing relationships. It is promising that KX Recruit continues to trial new ways to work with employers and residents to achieve our shared goals of reducing local unemployment, poverty and inequality of opportunity. We know too many people struggle to find good quality work that provides them with the flexibility they need to live their lives. It is important that KX Recruit helps our residents to find employment that pays fairly, provides opportunities to progress and allows flexibility.
Recent developments include KXR using partnerships with local providers to create bespoke training courses and holding successful KXR jobs fairs. More than 20 employers and over 370 local people attended the first KXR jobs fair, with additional events taking place through 2018 and more planned for 2019.
Ian Freshwater, KXR Project Director with Argent, said: “KX Recruit has gone from strength to strength since opening in early 2014. A key part of the King’s Cross estate, the public-facing jobs brokerage centre has established exciting and rewarding new relationships with key employers across the estate and the wider King’s Cross area, helping to save significant sums of money through the free-to-access service.”
Councillor Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council, said: “One of our key priorities as a council is to support more local people into good quality jobs, and to reduce poverty and inequality of opportunity. Islington has a thriving, diverse and growing economy, but we want more local people to enjoy its benefits. The King’s Cross Development brings thousands of employment and training opportunities to our doorstep from world-class employers, and our partnership with KX Recruit allows us to make them available to local people, creating a fair and inclusive local economy which works for all Islington residents.”
Find out more:
- Visit the KXR website to find out more and search for jobs.