Giles Strachan

Employability and Projects Manager

01895 853653 | 07956 358630
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Giles Strachan

Areas I look after:

I manage the adult employability skills team across all three colleges which provides training to support our local economy and community. Some of this training is on campus and some is online.

Services I offer:

My team deliver free intensive 6-7 day courses on campus in Employability Skills, Customer Service and Business Administration. We also offer a range of fully online distance-learning courses, which can be completed at any time. We work with a range of employers who have job vacancies and can arrange for people who attend our training programmes to get a guaranteed job interview with one or more employer, which greatly increases someone’s prospects of securing sustainable employment.

We work closely with employers of all sizes and across all sectors to meet their recruitment and training needs. We can provide free recruitment support to employers through our pool of job-ready candidates.

Career summary:

I joined Uxbridge College in 2003 as an ESOL lecturer and held positions as Course Team Leader and Section Manager for ESOL Outreach and Commercial for several years. Leaving English Language Teaching in 2009 I moved into a Partnership Manager role which included delivering various European Social Fund projects designed to support people back to work.

In 2011 I helped the College gain a contract to deliver the Work Programme for Reed in Partnership and the Department for Work and Pensions, which also supported unemployed adults into work.

More recently as Employability and Projects Manager I have been managing our funded employability programmes for adults wanting to return to work and advance their careers in collaboration with a number of employers.

One big achievement I have had at HRUC: 

I am particularly proud to have expanded our adult employability skills offer across the three colleges and increased the number of employers we work closely with. This has helped many individuals go into work and has supported employers with their recruitment needs.

My key strengths:

I have a passion for supporting and helping people to maximise their potential and find a successful way forward in life that brings them real satisfaction and happiness.