A graduation ceremony took place at the Employment Academy
in Camberwell this week for those who have completed the 2016/17 Thames Reach
Traineeship and Apprenticeship Programme.
The programme offers an opportunity to get experience of
working within the homelessness sector and can potentially act as the first
step towards a career.
A total of ten people graduated this year, two of whom were
trainees and eight of whom were apprentices. Seven of the graduates have
secured employment at Thames Reach, while the other three have all found jobs elsewhere
in the homelessness sector.
The programme also encourages participation from people who
have previously experienced homelessness.
The ceremony included a question and answer session, chaired
by Thames Reach Chief Executive, involving three graduates from last year’s programme:
Alex De’Ath, now a lead worker at Thames Reach’s Waterloo Project hostel; Julie
Lloyd, now a support worker at the Lambeth Living Well Network; and Rishard
Banoo, who is a support worker at Thames Reach’s Graham House hostel.
This year’s apprentices and trainees also had the chance to
discuss their experiences on the programme before receiving their graduation
Kevin Morris, a graduate from this year’s programme, and who’s
now employed as an assistant support worker at Graham House, said: “The traineeship
has been a rewarding and enriching experience; it highlights the work Thames
Reach does for service users.
The challenges we’ve faced on our placements have really
allowed us to develop and show our potential,” he added.