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Deputy Mayor visits the Employment Academy

Richard Blakeway (right) with Thames Reach volunteer Caylan Jae
Richard Blakeway (right) is pictured with Thames Reach volunteer Caylan Jae on an ornate wooden staircase – an original feature of the building, designed by E T Hall, the architect behind the world famous Liberty department store on London's Regent Street.

29 January 2013

Deputy London Mayor and Director of Housing Richard Blakeway visited the Thames Reach Employment Academy last week.

He met up with staff and volunteers and was given a tour of the restored Edwardian building which will host a series of employment and training projects.

During his visit around the 20,000 square feet building in Camberwell, Richard spoke about the impact the academy would have on the lives of formerly homeless people and the long-term unemployed, and the need to get developers on board.

“It’s fantastic to see the development of such a facility, bringing back to life this beautiful building and providing the local community with a range of opportunities to find work.

“Now we need to influence developers to provide more apprenticeships and work placements for Employment Academy members, including those working on the Building Lives project helping people to develop vital construction skills.”

Thames Reach Chief Executive, Jeremy Swain, said: “We’re flattered to welcome the Deputy Mayor so soon after the building has been handed over, and share his belief that a key part of the journey out of homelessness is the one that takes people into work.”

The Thames Reach Employment Academy will provide employment schemes specialising in five key areas: construction, retail, catering, social care/support work and security.