A jobs brokerage service set up to get prospective employees into work has successfully secured employment for over 100 people.
Croydon Works launched last July to ensure Croydon residents benefit from the employment opportunities created through the borough’s regeneration, particularly those with barriers to employment.
The free to use professional recruitment service is designed to provide Croydon employers with job-ready local, qualified employees, and residents with the support and training they need to find sustainable, quality jobs locally.
Delivered by Croydon Council in partnership with Croydon College, Job Centre Plus and voluntary sector organisations, the service provides a wide range of pathways into employment including sector specific training, apprenticeships and traineeships, work experience placements, career and CV advice.
Those registered with the service receive employability support and access to vacancies across a vast number of organisations in Croydon and surrounding areas.
Aaron Abbott was the 100th person to secure full time work through Croydon Works. The 22-year-old, who had been unemployed for one month now works as a Labourer for construction company Mulalley.
He said: “I relished the prospect of working locally for Mulalley, particularly as I am working on the old Ashburton Library refurbishment project which I used to visit when I was younger. I found the process of obtaining employment very enjoyable and everyone was helpful. I am enjoying settling into my position and the tasks I am given each day.”
Bruce Benson, Operations Director at Mulalley, added: “We use Croydon Works to help us recruit local people due to their excellent links to the local community and their proactive approach. Aaron is a welcome addition to our workforce in Croydon and has quickly become a valued member of the team.”
As well as Mulalley, Croydon Works has helped prospective employees secure roles at Boxpark Croydon and local cleaning and building services Chequers contract services, while others have completed training in food hygiene and working in hospitality.
Councillor Mark Watson, cabinet member for economy and jobs
“Croydon Works is doing a fantastic job and to have helped over 100 local people who were unemployed into the work and into training is a real achievement.
“Being in work or on a training course boosts confidence and skills, which can often be lost through unemployment. Croydon Works is helping local people into local jobs, which is great news for Croydon’s economy.”