Get involved! Send photos, video, news & views. Text SWINDON NEWS to 80360 or email us
GET SWINDON WORKING: Major employer gives backing to campaign
SWINDON’s largest private sector employer – Nationwide Building Society – has committed its future to the town as it backs the Advertiser’s Get Swindon Working campaign.
As the world’s largest building society continues to grow in size, with a new London office having recently opened and record profits, Nationwide declared Swindon would continue to be the mutual’s headquarters, as it has been for the past 40 years.
There are more than 4,000 people working for Nationwide in the town alone and in excess of 15,000 across the UK. The majority of staff in Swindon are based in the Pipers Way headquarters, which was built in 1992.
Alison Robb, group director at Nationwide and its most senior woman, said: “We are absolutely committed to staying in Swindon and supporting the town’s economy and jobs market. Swindon is a fantastic place to do business, with a thriving workforce and enviable transport links.
“For Nationwide, we have enjoyed and benefited from a longstanding connection with the area, and one that has only grown stronger over time. As an organisation that prides itself on making sound investment, we wouldn’t have spent nearly 40 years here if that wasn’t the case.”
Nationwide, which has a 150-year heritage in Wiltshire, is a major employment force in the town, with more than 150 jobs advertised in Swindon alone at present, ranging from customer service analysts and mortgage consultants to graduate roles and senior positions.
Alison urged local people to look locally for jobs as there were plenty on offer. “Most people think that jobs are scarce but permanent jobs are actually on the increase and we continue to recruit because our business continues to grow and succeed,” she said.
“Swindon is extremely well placed to benefit from this, with a number of other large companies having long recognised the town’s employment potential, helping it become one of the fastest growing in Europe.
“I would urge people living locally to look on their doorstep for jobs. We are just one example of the strengths and merits of Swindon as a place to do business.
“We aren’t going anywhere and are always keen to recruit new talented people.”
Our campaign has been supported by Graham Taylor, principal at New College Swindon.
He said: “I wholeheartedly support the campaign – youth unemployment is simply too high and we are here to help in any way we can.
“The job club forms part of our drive to improve and market our services to job seekers under the banner of employability.
“This year we have helped over 500 job seekers on a whole range of courses to help them to upskill or reskill.
“IT and basic English and maths loom large. We also support CV writing, interview techniques and help build the platform skills and motivation to help improve the chances of getting a job.
“Businesses like Nationwide and Zurich have sent mentors in to advise our learners too.
“We also run Dragon’s Den style day events, popular with youngsters – we want to encourage entrepreneurs and the self-employed too.
“We have also set up a small employability team to work with local businesses and Job Centre Plus which has proved to be very successful.”
Comments are closed on this article.