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The Employment Academy on BBC One

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Thames Reach volunteer Derek (right) features in the BBC London programme Inside Out as he looks for work

16 January 2013

A BBC One programme featuring the Thames Reach Employment Academy in Camberwell aired on prime-time television last week.

The BBC London social affairs programme Inside Out ran a ten minute short film looking at the plight of formerly homeless people struggling to get back into work.

The film follows the activities of Thames Reach, which has developed the £6.5m Employment Academy and runs a series of employment based projects, and recruitment agencies Clean Slate and Prospectus, which are both helping long-term unemployed people to find jobs.

Thames Reach volunteer Derek Smith featured heavily and the film followed his quest to find a job.

The film was produced by Matthew Lynch. He said: “Filming at the Thames Reach Employment Academy with some inspirational people showed me some of the challenges facing  the formerly homeless and the  long-term unemployed, and the kind of professional help they will get there is an example for other organisations  to follow.”

Thames Reach director Bill Tidnam, said: “This film really brings to life the battle some marginalised, and also, sadly, often undervalued people face as they look to get back into work.

“Matthew Lynch has made an important film – as the viewer follows the progress of the Thames Reach volunteer Derek Smith who is at the heart of this moving human interest story, they get to understand the rollercoaster ride that some people face as they strive to get their lives back on track.”

You can watch the film below.