Tom Brake MP visits Gibbs Hybrid in Wallington

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Gibbs Hybrid, a WEConnect International certified women-owned business and a fast growing Professional Services consultancy, welcomed Tom Brake MP to their Wallington Head Office to help celebrate the achievements of three young members of staff.

Gibbs Hybrid is an international people-powered business, providing Programme Technology Solutions, Total Talent Management Services and Outsourcing as a Service.

Gibbs Hybrid is working with Barclays to offer employment opportunities through a new initiative – Barclays Connect with Work. The project is a unique UK-based employability programme connecting individuals seeking employment with recruiting corporates.

The programme is aimed at supporting individuals aged 16+ with the aptitude and attitude to enter the workplace, but who face barriers to doing so. The programme helps to upskill these individuals, as well as helping them to connect with businesses who are recruiting. The programme additionally supports high-growth businesses and entrepreneurs to create entry-level jobs.

Through the scheme, Gibbs Hybrid has recruited three young people, Connie Foster as a Delivery Team Administrator, Camilla Sacchetto as a Digital Marketing Coordinator, and most recently Stephanie Harman as an Apprentice PA to the Senior Leadership Team.

During the visit, the three beneficiaries of the scheme talked to Tom Brake MP about their experience of the Connect with Work project and the excellent help and support they have had from everyone at Gibbs Hybrid.

Digital Marketing Coordinator, Camilla Sacchetto says:

“I started working as an apprentice at Gibbs Hybrid a year ago on the Digital Team and I have loved every minute of it. The company is very caring and nurturing and, as an individual, I feel I have blossomed. So much so, that I have just been offered a permanent role as Digital Marketing Coordinator. Gibbs really invests in its people and there is a clear career path for me now.”

Farida Gibbs, CEO of Gibbs Hybrid says:

“We are absolutely delighted to be working in such close partnership with the Barclays Connect with Work initiative. Diversity is in our DNA and being able to help talented individuals from all walks of life - like our three wonderful apprentices - to have a great start to their career makes us very proud. We believe that everyone deserves a chance to be the best they can be and the Connect with Work scheme offers people that.

MP for Wallington and Carshalton Tom Brake, said:

“From the inspirational young people I met at Gibbs, it is clear that Barclays Connect with Work and Gibbs are teaming up really effectively to provide first class job opportunities for young people who might have struggled to find a top notch job. I can’t praise the scheme, the young people, Gibbs and Barclays enough for making this work.“

Kev Jennings , from the Barclays Citizenship team, said:

“Through Barclays Connect with Work, unemployed individuals who are struggling to find suitable employment are given additional support to apply for and succeed in job roles. The key to the success of the scheme is the support from Barclays clients and suppliers who identify jobs for ambitious individuals and commit the resources to train and support people into those roles. The proof of the value of the project is in the very positive impact Connie, Camilla and Stephanie are having at Gibbs Hybrid.”

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