GTS Solutions is doing all it can to help the unemployed by breaking down ‘barriers to work’.
Operations Director Tracey Smith has been working closely with the Department of Work and Pensions in Partick and Jobs and Business Glasgow to provide a pathway to employment for individuals who have otherwise struggled to land a job.
Prior to lockdown in March, GTS Solutions helped 12 people transition into work, 11 of whom remain in full-time employment on various sites in Glasgow. Another two people with ‘barriers to work’ have joined a GTS training programme this week, with a view to completing a similar transition.
“It’s such a rewarding feeling when we bring people with barriers to work into our programmes and they go on to get employment with us,” said Tracey, who was named among this year’s top 100 women in social enterprise.
Barriers to work can include age, disabilities or a lack of experience but GTS Solutions firmly believes these should not put anyone at a disadvantage when it comes to finding employment.
Encouraged by her success with her Glasgow partnerships, Tracey is now hoping to focus on the east side of the country.
“It would be great to build up a similar kind of rapport with the DWP in Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen for example, and knock down barriers to work in these cities as well,” she said.
Lisa Rafferty is a recruitment advisor with the DWP in Glasgow and she praised Tracey’s commitment to assist the unemployed.
“GTS Solutions has been great to work with supporting unemployed Glasgow residents secure work,” she said. “Tracey shares the same passion and desire to support the local community move into work. This has made them the ideal employer.
“Tracey’s input and support has been invaluable when moving people into work. GTS use Jobcentre Plus and Jobs and Business Glasgow as their recruitment partner when looking for staff to cover their Glasgow sites.
“They provide opportunities for those who are unemployed and would normally struggle to find employment. They offer fixed shift patterns, ongoing training and development and they are a living wage employer providing the financial independence many of our customers need.
“Tracey is a breath of fresh air and her passion to support the local community shines through.”