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Website launches for scheme helping low paid workers onto London Living Wage

08 February 2016

A new scheme for low paid workers in the capital has launched its official website to better help people find jobs that offer the London Living Wage of £9.40 an hour.

Step Up, the Upwardly Mobile Network, launched www.stepup.london in early February.

The project aims to sign up hundreds of people across the capital and will offer training and opportunities for personal development in a bid to tackle in-work poverty.

Lambeth residents are a key target for the organisers of the scheme and it is funded by Trust for London and the Walcot Foundation which has a remit for tackling poverty in the borough.

It is run jointly by Thames Reach, which operates the Employment Academy in Camberwell, and Clean Slate Training & Employment, a social enterprise creating and supporting paid work opportunities for people facing barriers to good jobs.

Step Up’s Upwardly Mobile Network service offers members:

  • A text notification service announcing new vacancies and opportunities

  • One-to-one support, advice and guidance from a trained adviser and peer workers

  • Training workshops and events to promote opportunities

  • Motivational tools and materials to inspire progression

The Network is looking for people who have been working 14 hours or more for at least a year and earning less than £9.40 per hour. To register, individuals should visit www.stepup.london or contact Step Up support worker Denise Vilanou on 0203 691 5111.

Bill Tidnam, Thames Reach’s Director of Operations, said: “Getting back into work is important, but it’s only the first step. We’re pleased to be working with Clean Slate to help people move on with their lives and their jobs, and to work towards economic independence. We’re really grateful to the Walcot Foundation and the Trust for London for this initiative and for their support.”

Jeff Mitchell, Managing Director at Clean Slate, said: “With official unemployment figures falling, employers will want to make use of more and more projects like Step Up because workers who want to prove themselves and get on will be our members. We can help recruiters and ambitious, lower paid workers to get together, while helping eradicate in-work poverty along the way.

Step Up is one of many services provided at the Thames Reach Employment Academy