Online help to get ready for work

Published: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Wandsworth people looking for work can sign up for online training from Wandsworth Work Match, the council’s job brokerage service.

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Wandsworth people looking for work can sign up for online training from Wandsworth Work Match, the council’s job brokerage service.

Room for Work is a six-week employment support training programme for people aged 40 and over. It is suitable for people who want to return to the workplace or change career.

It is usually held at the Work Match offices, but the entire course has been shifted online. You can sign up now for the next one which starts on June 17.

The course includes workshops to help you master skills and techniques that will improve your employability. You'll learn and practise a new skill (or improve one you have already) and network with people in the same situation as yourself.

Feedback from participants has included “Attending the course via Zoom is almost as good as being present in the classroom” and  “I have found the course to be very uplifting and I have got a lot out of it. Although it's not the same as all being in the same room, it is the next best thing. We have also been sent the slides from each meeting so can have a look at them at our own leisure.”

Work Match is a council-run, free service that places local residents with local businesses. The service is free for both job seekers and employers. Work Match also offers support and training to help those looking for a job to be better equipped for securing a position.

Since the lockdown Work Match has focused on helping people affected by the lockdown and has been contacted by almost 400 Wandsworth residents seeking their services. Work Match has been either finding them jobs, helping them to up-skill or offering support for those who need it during these difficult times.

Cabinet member for economic development, skills and employment, Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “Since the start of the lockdown Work Match has helped hundreds of people find jobs or provided them with the support and training they need to find work during this challenging time. Room for Work is an important part of that, so I’m delighted the online version is proving so effective.”

To attend you will need a good working knowledge of English, basic computer skills, laptop or tablet to log onto an online platform.     

To book a place on this course contact Sonia Wilson on 0208-871 5165/ 07989448237 or register at www.wandsworthworkmatch.org