Open the door


27 April 2022


We’re enhancing the lives of our residents through job and training opportunities – and you can be part of it.

Do you have a job vacancy that needs filling? We can help you find the right person – for free!

All you need to do is open the door to our residents and help them realise their ambitions.

There’s plenty of undiscovered talent waiting for you across our regions in London, Kent, Sussex and the Midlands. Our dedicated Employment Team can help you find it. They’ll:

  • Handpick the right candidates for you
  • Get them job ready with free accredited training and qualifications
  • Coach and support to boost confidence. 

Opening the door to our residents is not only a boost for your business, it can really change a life for the better. You can read more in our leaflet here.

Giving businesses a boost

A trainee plumber for GME Group 

josh-sidders3.png“GME Group Ltd are excited to announce a new working partnership with Optivo and welcome Battle resident, Josh to the GME team. Sam our HR manager worked with Naomi from Optivo to identify suitable candidates from the local area and Josh started working as a plumber at the Trinity Homes/Optivo new build homes site In Battle, East Sussex. GME Group are proud to support and promote the work of Optivo assisting local residents into paid em-ployment especially during these difficult times.”

An assistant site manager for Henry Construction

mahmoud3.png“Mahmoud is a real asset to the team , he’s doing really well and has become a key part of our team on the site.”

- Allan Roberts , Project Manager for Henry

New employees for Brewers Fayre

"Many thanks for your support in sourcing candidates for us to interview, I look forward to a continued relationship in the future."

- Kirsty Lapworth, Restaurant Manager, the Windmill, Brewers Fayre

Widening the recruitment search for Freedom Leisure

"As an employer in the Hastings and Rother area, we at Freedom Leisure have found working with Optivo's Employment Support Team very beneficial. When searching to bolster our workforce with new swim teachers, they were able to help widen our search for suitable applicants and even help upskill applicants who couldn't afford to do so themselves. The end result has been several cases of quality employment that has helped our business."

- Martin Eglington, Active Communities Officer, Freedom Leisure. 

Giving our residents a boost

liam.pngLiam took part in the 'Build Yourself' initiative, which teaches painting and decorating skills to 18 – 28 year olds across East Sussex. He not only boosted his skills but also secured work experience with Osbornes.

Neal Allison, Community Investment Manager, said: "Liam impressed at interview securing his placement.  Having the ‘Build Yourself’ to refer to and draw on during interview was a real advantage."

cara2.pngMum Cara discovered a new calling as a swim instructor with Freedom Leisure.

"This is the first time I’ve ever felt motivated and strong enough to juggle things, making changes to my home life to accommodate a job. I'm doing this for me and making my dreams a reality."

Dwayne found new employment as a labourer with Mullaley with support from Employment Officer DB.

“I didn’t know that Optivo provided this service and I’m truly grateful to have met DB. She continually pushed me with her inspirational quotes and motivational talks. She really turned my life around.”

natalia2.pngNatallia was placed as an NHS radiology clerical worker after getting a CV and job search boost from our team.

"I’m extremely grateful for the support I received. I can look forward to being able to progress my career now that I’ve been given a break."

Contact us

Fill in the below form to arrange a chat with one of our Employment Team.

You can also call us on 0800 121 6060 and ask for the Employment Team or email

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