Employment Academy
Wednesday 21 August 2019
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Role in the local community

The Thames Reach Employment Academy in Camberwell is playing an increasingly important role in the local community with up to 1,800 people using it every month and lots of new services opening up.

Locals and residents from neighbouring boroughs are able to get assistance with a range of issues that might otherwise prevent them from finding work.

A drop-in service, which launched two years ago, has now helped over 1,000 people with writing effective CVs, job interview techniques and finding training and courses in the local area.

Over 100 people have now been supported into work. More in-depth one-to-one support is available for those who need it from a dedicated team of peer mentors, who work with individuals to support them back into work.

A new training service has now been launched to help people both find and keep a job. ‘Find a Job Keep a Job’ is focused on raising people’s self-confidence and improving their effectiveness.

The aim is to help them into work, teach them how to manage their money and make the transition from being on benefits to holding down a job. A new employment project – Step Up, the Upwardly Mobile Network – is being run in partnership with the organisation Clean Slate which creates and supports paid work for people who have been looking for a job for a while.

The aim is to provide support to individuals on low pay in Lambeth to help them increase their earnings, responsibilities at work, and to move into better paid work. The project is funded by a £78,000 grant from the Trust for London and Walcot Foundation.

The successful Moving In Moving On painting and decorating training scheme for formerly homeless people with workshops in the Employment Academy will now operate all year round with three new courses running out of the Crisis Skylight Centre.

Partner organisations play an important part in providing an effective mix of services at the Employment Academy.

The Southwark Wellbeing Hub, run by Together UK, helps individuals worried about their mental wellbeing to navigate services in the borough and find the help they need to get better.

Leonard Cheshire Disability provides guidance to disabled adults to enable them to regain and maintain their independence.

Pact (Prison Advice & Care Trust) work with families affected by prison and help those who are serving a sentence prepare for release, making sure new opportunities are lined up.

Lewisham and Southwark College have started a residency at the Employment Academy, teaching entry-level maths and literacy to adults, which complements the ESOL class run by Thames Reach, teaching English to speakers of other languages.

The Employment Academy is also increasingly being used as the location for local community events – it’s hosting pop-up restaurants, wedding receptions, church events and private functions. To book, phone 020 7702 4260.

Anneke Ziemen, facilities and marketing manager, said: “It has been great to watch all of our partners and the local community, who have been so welcoming, make this project come to life. My biggest thanks go to all of our fantastic volunteers – our success is made possible by their hard work and dedication.”

Dennis EA volunteer
A team of dedicated staff and volunteers help people in the local community to find work