News Archive

Communities get their payback - 31/01/2019
Groups of offenders paying back for the crimes they have committed contributed over 740,000 hours of service to their local communities in the south west and Wales in 2018. Read More

Apprenticeships financial support - 18/01/2019
We can support employers to navigate the best ways to invest your Levy and the funding that is available. Read More

Latest Apprenticeship opportunities - 18/01/2019
Throughout the month our dedicated talent resource team will be picking out our top Apprenticeship opportunities to help find the right role for you or your networks, saving you time and effort. Read More

Values driven, passionate people - 30/11/2018
We find out what happened across the company in response to National Mentoring Day. Read More

The value of mentoring - 29/11/2018
Dan Cook talks to us about the value of mentoring Read More

An East Ayrshire man is back doing a job he loves after help from a group of employment specialists. - 01/11/2018
Stephen McCourt, 40, previously held a managerial position within the energy industry before leaving two years ago following a build up in anxiety and depression. Read More

Community hubs - 'a significant shift away from office-based supervision' - 29/10/2018
Independent research has shone a light on the use of community hubs in probation following a six-month study into community hub activity being delivered by Working Links across Wales and the South West of England. Read More

Apprenticeships: Meet the team - 26/10/2018
Sara Calvo takes up the role of dedicated Account Manager in the South East Read More

Wales CRC work showcased in HMPPS awards - 19/10/2018
People working to reduce reoffending are to be recognised for their achievements at a celebration event later this year. Read More

A warm welcome to our Head of Apprenticeships - 05/10/2018
Former apprentice Emma Barrett-Peel has been appointed to a newly-created position of Head of Apprenticeships to spearhead our work across the country. Read More

Making work more accessible to parents - 23/08/2018
Employability experts Working Links hosted an open day at a soft play centre to kick off this year’s Adult Learners’ Week and talk to parents about making work more accessible. Read More

Service users help to transform sensory garden - 23/08/2018
Offenders paying back for the crimes they have committed have helped to transform a sensory garden in a Somerset town. Read More

Expert gives her top tips for finding work - 25/06/2018
Personal consultant Katherine Ashton was nominated for a national award for her work to support people back into employment. She explains her top tips for helping people get back on the payroll. Read More

Unemployed people are now Stax better off - 21/06/2018
Unemployed people in Glasgow are being helped back into work thanks to our partnership with a local wholesale and trade supplier. Read More

Triple representation on ERSA Awards shortlist - 01/06/2018
Working Links is delighted to be represented three times on this year’s ERSA Employability Awards shortlist. Read More

Probation worker in Royal recognition - 18/03/2018
A probation service officer from Exeter has received a prestigious national award from HRH The Princess Royal. Read More

Shoaib lands first job interview in eight years - 16/02/2018
One of our customers on our new ESF contract in Leicestershire is well on the way to a career after landing his first interview in eight years. Read More

A probation service officer from Exeter has won a major national award. - 09/01/2018
Laura Greenhill, 47, has won a Butler Trust Award, which recognises and celebrates outstanding dedication, skill and creativity by people working in prisons, probation and youth justice settings across the UK. Read More

Helping Steven... Twice - 03/01/2018
A man who says he made a ‘silly mistake’ after being convicted for drink driving has praised the team behind getting his life back on track again. Read More

Alex back on the payroll after 'whirlwind' support - 03/01/2018
A Rhyl man says his career is back on track after ‘whirlwind’ help from a group of employment specialists. Read More

Communities get their payback - 03/01/2018
Groups of offenders paying back for the crimes they have committed have contributed almost 700,000 hours of service to their local communities in the south west and Wales this year. Read More

Rehabilitation trio pick up awards - 15/12/2017
Three people working for Wales Community Rehabilitation Company have picked up awards for their probation work. Read More

Blackwood distribution company supporting local unemployed - 08/12/2017
A Warehousing and distribution company based in Blackwood has supported more than a hundred previously unemployed people into work. Read More

StartScotland to deliver new employment service - 16/10/2017
Employability experts StartScotland will deliver the Scottish Government’s Fair Start Scotland service to help unemployed people find work. Read More

Voluntary work key for Andrew's success - 11/10/2017
Andrew Marshall, 24, says the support from employability provider Working Links and undertaking voluntary work was the key to his success. Read More

Agencies unite to support people back to work - 11/09/2017
More than a dozen agencies in Salisbury came together to find out more about a new back to work programme in the town. Read More

New street art improves look of community hub - 30/08/2017
Three former offenders have helped to brighten up a previously dull car park at a community hub in Exeter. Read More

Minister visits Hebridean Employment programme - 23/08/2017
Employability and training Minister Jamie Hepburn MSP has visited a Hebridean charity to see how they are helping people get back to work. Read More

Tara ‘overwhelmed’ by adult learning award - 26/07/2017
Former offender Tara Price has received a prestigious award for her commitment to turning her life around. Read More

Employability Day success - 17/07/2017
Working Links opened its doors on Friday 14 July to celebrate the second UK Employability Day. Teams from across Britain took part in the day, showcasing our successful delivery in England, Scotland and Wales. Read More

Church gets spruced up thanks to offenders - 04/07/2017
People in South Wales have been ‘paying back’ for their crimes and helping to save a town’s church and community hall. Read More

Leicester woman is back in work for the first time in two years - 29/06/2017
Jane, 43, who has a mild hearing impairment, felt she was being increasingly overlooked by employers as she looked to return to the workplace after leaving the care sector in 2014. Read More

New managing directors for Working Links
Employability, skills and offender rehabilitation provider Working Links has restructured its Executive Team.

Two new managing directors - Brian Bell and Steve Moon - have been appointed to lead the business and are joined in the Executive Team by Chief Operating Officer Steve Jones and Chief Finance Officer Raj Patel. Former Chief Executive Phil Andrew has left Working Links after overseeing a great deal of change in our industry and led on a number of projects including the acquisition of Working Links by Aurelius.

North Wales man up for national award
A North Wales man who says his life has been positively turned around by an employment programme has been shortlisted for a national award. Read More

Council's employability team up for national award
Newport City Council’s employability team has been shortlisted for a national award for helping people get back to work Read More

Chief Operating Officer appointed trade body Chair
Working Links’ Brian Bell has been appointed as the new Chair of the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA). Read More

Working Links recognised at national awards
Our work is being highlighted at the 2017 Employability Awards, run by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA). The awards aim to showcase and champion best practice from across the employment support sector Read More

Lothian woman up for national employability award
A Lothian woman has been shortlisted for a national award for helping unemployed people on their journey back to work. Read More

Eden House works for Bella
A young woman has turned her life around with the support of probation workers. Read More

Health employment pilot proves a success
A pilot programme run in Devon and Cornwall designed to help unemployed people manage and overcome health and wellbeing issues and get back to work has proved a success. Read More

Work Able Scotland
A new programme funded by the Scottish Government aims to help unemployed people with long term health conditions find work and stay in work in Scotland. Read More

First haberdashery for callington in 40 years
A previously unemployed Cornishwoman has opened a new haberdashery in her village – the first for almost 40 years. Read More

Giant leap for skills in the South West
A new skills programme aims to give 650 unemployed people the skills needed to find work in Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Dorset. Read More

Raising awareness of homelessness among women
Experts from BGSW CRC have joined forces with other professionals at an important information sharing event raising awareness of homelessness among women. Read More

Mayor opens new Swindon office
The Mayor of Swindon has officially opened the new Working Links office in Swindon. Read More

Commendations for probation worker
Sian Waters, 56, who works for Wales Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), is to receive a commendation from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at March’s Butler Trust Awards, which recognises and celebrates outstanding dedication, skill and creativity by people working in prisons, probation and youth justice. Read More

Denise makes a stand at Plymouth jobs fair
A woman from the south west who suffers with a range of health issues has urged employers at a jobs fair to recruit people with health problems. Read More

Offenders help to rejuvenate Plymouth – bit by bit
Offenders paying back for their crimes are helping to rejuvenate Plymouth’s streets through an innovative partnership. Read More

Daren’s back in the dough
An Edinburgh man is back in work for the first time in 23 years after landing a job in a leading doughnut shop. Read More

Supporting people with disabilities
More than a billion people in the world experience disability – that’s around 15% of the world population. And in the UK alone, it is estimated that there are approximately 11.9 million people with long-term health conditions and disabilities. Read More

Work Programme works for Karran
A woman from South Wales has overcome her health issues to return to the workplace thanks to support from employment experts. Read More

Royal visit to our partners
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has visited one of our partners in the south west to find out more about the work they do. Read More

Proud to support Living Wage Week
Working Links is proud to be supporting Living Wage Week – 31 October –5 November 2016. Read More

Steven’s successful hunt for a job
Twenty-five year old Leicester man Steven Hunt says he’s pleased to be off benefits after landing a job as a cleaner. Read More

Two further contract wins for Working Links
More people are set to benefit from Working Links’ help when looking for work after the company landed two more contracts – taking their new business wins to six in the last month. Read More

Supporting people with mental health problems
Every year one in four people in the United Kingdom will experience a mental health problem, and it can affect anyone - regardless of age, ethnic background, gender and socio-economic status. Read More

Dozen back in work thanks to new partnership
A dozen people have benefited from a new partnership to help unemployed people get back to work in Swansea. Read More

Working Links to launch two new programmes
Employment, skills and rehabilitation provider Working Links is to launch two new support programmes in January after landing new three-year contracts. Read More

Yilmaz praises 'step by step' approach
A Cardiff man has praised the work of Working Links' Work Programme team after landing his first job in two years. Read More

Recovering alcoholic praises support
A recovering alcoholic has praised the collaborative support of Touchstones 12 Rehabilitation Centre in Colwyn Bay and integrated probation services in Wales in helping her to change her life for the better. Read more

Auditors find 'strong' processes
Building on an industry-leading Merlin rating, employability and offender rehabilitation provider Working Links has drawn praise from government auditors about its strong systems, controls and processes. Read more