Hanta Associates was the ‘Lead Organisation’ in a consortium (the Hanta Consortium) that helped deliver the ‘Future Jobs Fund’ project for the DWP over two contract cycles running from late 2009 to 2011. The consortium helped facilitate an excess of 250 FJF job starts, a significant proportion of which eventually became long-term employment.
Over the lifetime of the projects, it was found that having companies take on the candidates initially on a trial basis was very beneficial in multiple ways. It allowed the employers to size up the prospective employees, and to get a feel for how well they would fit within their organisations. For the candidates, it allowed them to assess the suitability of the jobs relative to their skills, and to gain valuable work experience and/or up-skill. It also allowed these individuals to attain fairly credible work profiles and resumes.
Having built up significant expertise and having forged employment connections with several firms, Hanta Associates hopes to help your institution with the delivery of its apprenticeship, work-placement and/or internship programmes by utilising aspects of this work model, running alongside other more traditional approaches for getting candidates into long-term sustainable employment.In addition to its UK office, and a network of UKbased employer contacts, Hanta Associates now has branch offices in the UAE, and has forged links with placement partners in several EU countries, as well as a number of large employers in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.Lately, the HAWP Project, a key division of Hanta Associates, has been focussing on providing a complete “360-degree” service for individuals, schools, colleges, universities and businesses, both in the UK and overseas. This service not only focuses on providing and organising work placements but also on developing and sustaining the facilities and resources necessary to enable a smooth progression through the programme including training, accommodation, travel and recreation. Support is provided from the moment of student arrival, right up to departure.
The HAWP Project has placed significant numbers of young people into quality work placements, training and long-term employment. HAWP excels at sourcing suitable work placements tailored to the young person’s needs. The HAWP Project has a very successful record in matching young people from all over Europe to work placements, many of which have resulted in full- time employment. Students managed by the HAWP project, while fulfilling the requirements of their courses, simultaneously gain valuable, real-life skills and work experience in the UK. As a result of the group’s extensive experience building strong relationships with businesses, the placements secured enable young people to develop their existing skills while broadening the length and breadth of their knowledge within their chosen sector.
Placements organised by HAWP are recognised by universities, and educational bodies worldwide, as being suitable for meeting their student workrelated programme requirements. Working with a variety of businesses, HAWP offers placements in a wide range of sectors and is able to source placements in specific sectors through effective business development. The businesses we work with understand and value the importance of work experience and in turn do their very best to ensure the duties are relevant, productive, forwardthinking and meaningful.
HAWP provides holistic learner-centred support throughout the duration of the placement, including the following services (available upon request): English Language/Business Courses Host Family & Student Accommodation Tailored, one-to-one and group tuition Travel and Transit Activities and Day Trips HAWP’s latest initiatives include organising EU- funded mobility and training for students taking part in Erasmus+ funded schemes. HAWP Project collaborates with a number of schools from Europe.