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Mayor of Southwark visits Thames Reach's Employment Academy

Mayor of Southwark visits the Employment Academy
The Mayor of Southwark (r) inside the Employment Academy with Employment Academy development manager Monica Geraghty
09 August 2012

The Mayor of Southwark, councillor Althea Smith, visited the Thames Reach Employment Academy last week to look at the progress of the restoration work on the Edwardian building which will house this facility for long-term unemployed Londoners and people who have experienced homelessness.

The £6.5m project, which will open in the autumn, is set to help thousands of people get the training they need to find work and independence.

It will provide support and training to help people find work in the fields of catering, social care, security, retail and construction.

Approximately three quarters of the building work on the Grade II listed building covering 20,000 square feet has now been completed.

The Mayor of Southwark, councillor Althea Smith, said: “I am delighted to see the progress on restoring this historic building to its former glory. Southwark Council is committed to enhancing the life chances of all our communities and once completed, this facility will become a beacon of excellence in delivering essential training to help those seeking employment and facing hardship through homelessness.”

Thames Reach’s director of south London services, Bill Tidnam, said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to restore this beautiful building and return it to its original function as a resource for the community. The building is really taking shape now and we’re looking forward to welcoming our neighbours into the Thames Reach Employment Academy when it’s finished.”