First Ark Ltd was created in 2010, as the parent company which sets and oversees the vision and direction of the First Ark Group. Providing a range of corporate services to the Group, First Ark also campaigns on the things which matter the most to our customers and communities and takes a strong thought leadership role.
The First Ark Group has a unique social business model which consists of five companies all working together to create success and generate life changing opportunities. Each company contributes to the success in a different way but collectively create fantastic conditions for generating social impact and making a difference to the lives of the people who live and work in our communities.
The First Ark Group has a commitment to provide local jobs for local people, whether this is either being directly employed by First Ark or with companies within their supply chain. This commitment is instilled in all of their contracts
There 4 other organisations within First Ark Ltd
- Knowsley Housing Trust (KHT) social housing provider
- Vivark – Facilities Management
- One Ark – Charity
- Oriel – Housing developer
Beyond Recruitment is a service offered by national social enterprise Fusion21.
Their aim is to support local communities and people in overcoming barriers to employment.
They have specialist consultants who recruit for Construction, Professional, Social Housing, Mechanical and Electrical roles across various sectors. They recruit across the spectrum from entry level positions, specialist trades, self-employed trades, administration roles, specialist, managerial and executive roles.
Beyond Recruitment are members of The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), the professional body for the recruitment industry. As a social enterprise and a recruitment company they work with their clients and candidates to match the right roles to the right people. Beyond Recruitment are able to create bespoke packages for their clients and always try to ring fence a percentage of the jobs for those deemed ‘hard to reach’.
First Ark was already working with some agencies who were supplying temporary labour; however, there was a constant turnover of staff, which disrupted the business. In addition, First Ark was training the workers upon commencement of their contracts in some industry standard areas, such as Asbestos Awareness, Working at Heights and Manual Handling. Unfortunately, the workers were then leaving within weeks, leaving First Ark short staffed and out of pocket.
Beyond Recruitment was able to provide the staff required and the training prior to the worker starting on site therefore saving First Ark the training downtime and reduce the turnover in staff.