Roehampton success in getting back to work

Published: Monday 18th September 17

Roehampton residents have benefitted from a two-month course to help improve their skills while looking for a job.

New Routes to Work graduation event

The council’s New Routes to Work support programme took place during the past two months at Roehampton Parish Hall, and on 31 August participants came together at a graduation ceremony.

New Routes to Work covers improved CV writing; application forms; interviews; and job searches, as well as boosting confidence and motivation. Afterwards, attendees continue to receive ongoing support in finding the right job.

Verona Smith had not been in employment for a while after previously working as a retail supervisor. Her objective was to find work at a similar level, and after starting the course she was accepted for a supervisory role at Travelodge.

She said that she found New Routes to Work “enjoyable, very helpful and [it] gave me the opportunity to look at myself and learn new things about myself. The support provided is amazing!”

Verona Smith at her new job

It was the first time that the course, delivered by the council’s Work Match jobs brokerage, had been held in the Roehampton area.

Roehampton’s Alton estate is being regenerated by the council and partner Redrow Homes, with new homes being built for all secure tenants and owner-occupiers, as well as more council homes for social rent; additional housing for sale; a new library and retail area twice the size of current provision; an improved park; and community hub.

Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “In Wandsworth, our approach is that as the homes in an area are improved through regeneration, the quality of life for local people is also improved.

“Work Match has helped more than 700 residents across the borough into employment and training, and through the regeneration this can include construction as well as decorating, security, site office administration, and more.”

Work Match is based part-time at Roehampton Parish Hall - booking is currently by appointment only, so please contact: (020) 8871 5191 or email wandsworthworkmatch@wandsworth.gov.uk putting the word Roehampton in the subject line of your email.

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