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Apprenticeship and Traineeship graduation ceremony

Karen Thomas
Karen Thomas, one of 16 graduates of Thames Reach's Apprenticeship and Traineeship scheme, receives her certificate from Thames Reach Chief Executive Jeremy Swain.

03 February 2015

A graduation ceremony was held last week at the Employment Academy for the 16 people who had successfully completed the 2014/15 Thames Reach Apprenticeship and Traineeship Programme.

Thames Reach Chief Executive Jeremy Swain awarded certificates and chaired a question and answer session with two of the successful graduates.

The Thames Reach Apprenticeship and Traineeship Programme provides a career pathway for those looking to work in the homelessness sector.

The one-year programme consists of two six-month work placements, at least one of which will be in a hostel. People with a history of homelessness are encouraged to apply.

Apprentices and trainees both gain valuable work experience, with apprentices also completing a health and social care college qualification.

A new intake of graduates is starting this week.

Thames Reach head of human resources, Iyobosa Ehanire, said: “People graduating from this programme have displayed passion, commitment, and an empathy for homeless people.

“They now have the skills and experience to successfully work in a front-line role in the homelessness sector.”