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21 March 2017


Trainee Graduation 2017 Wayne Jeremy
Graduate Wayne receiving his certificate from Thames Reach Chief Executive Jeremy Swain

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 certificates.

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.