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Paul O'Keefe working at the Employment Academy site
Paul O'Keefe, who uses Thames Reach's services, works on the Employment Academy site in south London.

06 April 2012

The construction of the Thames Reach Employment Academy has been bolstered by the employment of a group of formerly homeless and long-term unemployed people.

Support services provider Lakehouse – who are undertaking the renovation of the Grade 2 listed building in Camberwell which will be the home of the Employment Academy – allocated ten jobs when the building work began last summer.

The formerly homeless and unemployed trainees were all offered work as builders on the project along with an apprenticeship culminating with a City & Guilds qualification in Maintenance and Operations from the London Construction Training Centre.

The trainees were recruited from across Thames Reach services and receive support from our Employment and Resettlement team throughout the year-long contract.

Thames Reach’s Chief Executive, Jeremy Swain, said: “This initiative is a great example of how we can offer opportunities for people who have been out of work for a long time to get back into the jobs market. I commend Lakehouse for giving them the chance to do that.”

Lakehouse Chief Executive, Steve Rawlings, said: “Lakehouse has always been committed to helping the local communities in which we operate, and this is a great way of giving something back.”

Paul O’Keefe, who uses Thames Reach’s services and is a trainee on the scheme, said: “I worked for 28 years before things fell apart and I ended sleeping rough in a park for two and a half years. Lakehouse gave me a second chance and I’m really enjoying it.”