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Jean-Claude Yobo Liagbo
Jean-Claude Yobo Liagbo was one of 32 people who graduated from the Work Ready Programme.

09 February 2015

A group of 32 formerly homeless and marginalised people from the London boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich have graduated from the Work Ready Programme that helps people develop the skills and confidence needed to get back into work.

People were recruited from Thames Reach local services to the programme which offered a unique week of intense activity. Over 40 volunteers from Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust worked with Thames Reach to deliver the Work Ready Programme, helping people prepare CVs, work on interview techniques and develop their IT skills. Workplace visits and a job fair also took place, while a residential weekend attended by all offered orienteering, touch rugby, exercise classes and other team building activities aimed at boosting people’s confidence.

A graduation ceremony was held at the Employment Academy in Camberwell for the 32 people who had successfully completed the course. The Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, presented certificates to the graduates, while a live band provided entertainment after the ceremony to celebrate their achievement.

Joy Ellery, who is working as a volunteer mentor on the course and who has just retired from Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, said: “It’s been a privilege to work with people who are showing such dedication in their efforts to get back into work. The increase in people’s confidence has been amazing – I’m sure they’ll all go onto great things.”

Jean-Claude Yobo Liagbo, who graduated from the course, said: “I found the Work Ready Programme very good. I was motivated and encouraged and I now want to find work as a security guard. I’d recommend the course to anyone, it was a fantastic experience.”

Volunteers will continue to mentor graduates from the Work Ready Programme to ensure they receive on-going support to achieve their employment goals.