AN EMPLOYMENT scheme in Brent has been considered a success for getting increasing numbers of people back to work.
The College of North West London (CNWL) in Dudden Hill Lane, Neaden, is running a programme with the Job Centre Plus (JCP) which in the last academic year saw more than 40 per cent of people who took part finding work within the following six months.
From September to May this year more than 130 people got back into a career and more than half of the scheme’s participants in the hospitality, construction skills and basic English programmes have gained jobs since the scheme began.
CNWL principal Vicki Fagg said: “We worked with JCP Brent to create a tailored scheme that delivered what local unemployed people need, basic training in a trade and the skills required to go out there and secure a job.
“Some of the participants have been employed before so were in need of a refresher and support whereas others needed more education on how best to create their own work opportunities.”
The aim of the programme is to help those who have been unemployed for between two and 11 months find paid employment and it sees participants enrol in a six- to 10-week course in anything from adult care, hospitality, catering and adminstration.
Andreia Fernandes, 32, from Wembley Park, has just found work for a care provider.
She said: “When you’ve been in one job for a long time you can become complacent and lose trust in your abilities.
“The course helped me identify the skills I already have that make me an appealing candidate to a future employer, including some, like time management and multi-tasking, which I took for granted.
“They gave me guidance on my communication skills, CV and covering letter and interview techniques.
“But, most importantly, the course gave me the courage, support and assistance to find work.”