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Tuesday 17 September 2019
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New Step Up service launches

A new service to help people currently in low paid jobs find new, better paid positions has been launched this week. Step Up, the Upwardly Mobile Network, is now live and registering new members online through the Employment Academy website.

The service allows those that register the chance to receive tailored information about better paying jobs, as well as access to career support, financial advice, and information on key skills training in English, Maths and IT.

The aim of the service is to help members earn at least the London Living Wage, to improve their overall financial wellbeing, and help them get into roles with greater job satisfaction and scope for future development.

Membership is open to people who’ve been in low paid work for the last 12 months or more, earning on average less than £9.15 per hour, and who are employed for 14 or more hours per week.

Step Up is being jointly run by Thames Reach and Clean Slate, an employment and training service. At present, the service is available only to local residents, though it is expected to grow to cover the entirety of Greater London in due course.  It is funded by Trust for London and the Walcot Foundation.

Denise Vilanou, support worker at Thames Reach, and the first member of Step Up, said: “As its first member, Step Up has helped me increase my hours and improve my hourly rate of pay, which has given me a more secure and stable working environment.

“Now we’re hoping that the service can do the same for people in low paid work across the local area and, eventually, the whole of London,” she added.

You can find out more about Step Up and register as a member at www.employmentacademy.org.uk/services/training/stepup/

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