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New benefits and careers advice service at the Employment Academy

Councillor Althea Smith
Councillor Althea Smith is one of the people involved running the new benefits and careers advice service

17 January 2014

A new benefits and careers advice service has launched at the Thames Reach Employment Academy.

The service offers help and support to people wanting to find work, providing hands-on assistance with writing CVs, benefit changes, welfare rights and other work-related issues.   

Individuals work with experienced professionals to identify career goals and receive on-going support to achieve their employment aims through re-training or voluntary work. The service is funded by the London Unemployed Strategies (LUS).

Councillor Althea Smith, a former Mayor of Southwark, is one of the three key personnel running the service. She said: “The aim of the service is to build and restore people’s confidence in the workplace and take people back up the ladder of employment.”

The service is available as a drop-in, with sessions held at the Employment Academy every Tuesday between 10am and 12pm. Appointments can also be booked in advance by calling Althea (benefits) or Shaun (careers) on 0203 664 9523 or 07410 17016.