More than 600 people get jobs through Work Match

Published: Thursday 23rd March 17

Painter and decorator Perry Radford is one of the latest borough residents to get a job through the council’s Work Match service, which so far has helped 611 local people into work.

Perry Radford

While visiting the job centre after being made redundant from a warehouse job, Perry found out  about training with K+M Decorators through the Battersea Power Station Development Company. At the end of his four week training period he was offered a position as a trainee painter and decorator at Battersea Power Station with the company Cousins

He said: “I didn’t expect I would be in a trade, but now that I am, I’m very happy about it and positive about my career prospects for the future. Cousins are putting me through my painting and decorating NVQ. It’s been challenging but also exciting and the staff at Cousins are very positive and helpful.

“Growing up very close to Battersea Power Station I feel privileged to be a part of the project and its future development.”

Work Match has been operating since 2013 and in that time has forged links with local employers and training providers. Job seekers can register and be ‘matched up’ with suitable roles, as well as receiving pre-employment training, interview coaching, guidance with applications and ongoing support once they find work.

Work Match is part of a package of free support offered by the council to local residents and businesses to help them make the most of the opportunities opening up due to regeneration and inward investment in the borough. This includes the opportunity to work in, and supply to, the Nine Elms Regeneration area and its burgeoning tech quarter, including Apple’s new UK headquarters at Battersea Power Station.

The council’s employment and business spokesman Cllr Kim Caddy said: “Congratulations to Perry who is another good example of how Work Match is changing people’s lives and helping them reach their potential. I would urge anyone looking for a job or apprenticeship to get in touch and find out how they can help you.”

Jobseekers can also find out more at the Employ Wandsworth 2017 jobs fair on April 21 in the Wandsworth Civic Suite from 10am-3pm.  Visitors can take advantage of face to face meetings with employers to discuss vacancies, as well as access training to enhance their prospects.

Register online at www.employwandsworth.org, and be first in line to meet exhibitors on the day.

Alternatively, contact the team directly on 020 8871 5191 or email your CV to wandsworthworkmatch@wandsworth.gov.uk

You can find more information about Wandsworth’s Work Match and a full list of vacancies here.

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