Workplace Canning Town celebrates first birthday
May 27, 2009
It's only been open for 12 months, but already Workplace Canning Town has found employment for 254 residents and provided valuable training for another 328.
The Canning Town branch is part of the Newham Council's Workplace program which aims to maximise local employment opportunities through training and intensive support.
Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales said the program is in line with the Borough's commitment to ensuring local residents reap the rewards of regeneration in the area.
He said: "Workplace provides a pool of well-trained and reliable staff for businesses that are benefiting from growing opportunities in the borough, including the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"In these challenging economic times it's essential that residents are given extra help to gain employment.
"The success that's been achieved here in Canning Town in only one year shows just how beneficial the Workplace program is."
The first birthday milestone was celebrated last Thursday with cake, but Deputy Mayor Christine Bowden said the real reward is seeing so many Canning Town residents now armed with valuable skills and working.
She said "We ensure local people are getting the skills that are necessary to get a job where new projects are happening in the borough.
"The massive regeneration occurring in Newham at the moment is creating a lot of employment opportunities, but without necessary skills it's difficult to get the work.
"That's where Workplace is valuable. We're commissioned by employers to provide intensive support, training and referrals for workless residents needing higher levels of support."
Employers and individuals who would like more information or to book an appointment can call 020 8430 4331 or visit the Workplace website www.newhamworkplace.co.uk