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The One Millionth Candidate Award by GetMyFirstJob

Max McHugh, Apprentice Marine Engineer employed by Marine Matters UK Limited in Warsash, Hampshire been awarded the One Millionth Candidate Award by GetMyFirstJob. Paragon Skills have been working in partnership with GMFJ for the last two years and benefiting from their effective Apprenticeship vacancy filling service to ensure that we deliver on our promise to employers to match the right candidates to the right employers nationally across various sectors.

Our COO - Ian Bamford attended an event recently hosted by Nesta, the innovation foundation and GetMyFirstJob’s funding partner, ahead of National Apprenticeship Week 2018 to collect the award on Max’s behalf.

We have been working in partnership with GetMyFirstJob for over 2 years now, as a result of which we have seen an increase in the number of successful candidates finding an Apprenticeship. Many of these Apprentices have successfully achieved and subsequently gained full-time employment.

Ian Bamford

Chief Operating Officer - Paragon Skills

GetMyFirstJob has succeeded in getting one million candidates shortlisted for vacancies since 2012 and has helped to place over 30,600 young people into Apprenticeships in 2017 - a 20% increase in comparison to the previous year’s figures (1).

These results are reported at a time when the latest Department of Education figures show a 41 percent (2) drop in uptake of Apprenticeships in the six months since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017.

A unique web-based platform 

Founded by three training and learning experts who identified the potential for the recruitment process to be improved, GetMyFirstJob is a unique web-based platform that allows young people to be quickly and efficiently matched to Apprenticeship vacancies by approved training providers and employers. The platform’s unique approach involves gathering relevant data regarding their academic and professional interests to help match candidates to roles they would not otherwise be aware of. Through its Apps and SMS integration, the site then provides employers with direct access to pre-matched candidates.

Since 2015, GetMyFirstJob has received investment from Nesta’s Impact Investment Fund to support it to scale and enhance its impact across the UK. The investment aligns with the Impact Investment Fund’s strategy to invest in innovative technologies that address social challenges including improving access to high-quality education and employment for young people.

David Allison, CEO and co-founder of GetMyFirstJob said “The introduction of the levy has presented many challenges for employers as an entirely new system is introduced. Many large companies have been working alongside Government for some time and their programmes are going from strength to strength. Others, however, are only now launching their Apprenticeship programmes and this will be the great opportunity for 2018. With the skills challenges the country is likely to face under Brexit, there has never been a more important time for companies to understand where their future skills are coming from.”

Nathan Elstub, Managing Partner at Nesta Impact Investments said,

At Nesta, we believe that the use of innovative technology solutions is fundamental to solving some of the entrenched social challenges that we face such as helping support kids at high risk of falling out of education or work.  We also believe that these technologies can be used to build great, sustainable and profitable businesses.  GetMyFirstJob is a super example of this model of a mission led business: a highly scalable organisation that is delivering positive social impact through its core product offering at the same time as building a successful company.

We look forward to continuing to work together with GMFJ to successfully place candidates in rewarding Apprenticeships with employers throughout England.

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  1. GetMyFirstJob helped 25,500 people in 2016, and 30,602 in 2017, a 20% rise
  2. FE Week, 25 January 2018, https://feweek.co.uk/2018/01/25/apprenticeship-starts-jan-2018/