Last week saw another successful Work Ready Programme take
place at the Thames Reach Employment Academy, with 22 people graduating from
The Work Ready Programme, now in its third year, is
developed and run in partnership with management consultancy firm McKinsey
& Company, and helps participants who’ve been out of work for a long time
to build confidence and acquire skills they are likely to need in employment.
Volunteers from Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
helped to deliver the week-long course alongside staff from Thames Reach and
McKinsey, and will also be providing the ongoing mentoring service for
graduates that follows each programme.
The course started with a weekend away at a residential
centre in the Chilterns, offering a range of activities including football,
rugby, art classes and yoga.
The participants then spent the rest of the week taking part
in workshops based at the Employment Academy in Camberwell. This included a CV
writing class led by accountancy firm Ecovis, as well as a choice of practical
sessions, ranging from barista skills to first aid training to a food hygiene
There were also visits to places of work, including the
McKinsey offices and St Thomas’ Hospital, followed by IT and personal budgeting
The week was rounded off by a job fair and a graduation
Rosie Crawley, lead worker for the Work Ready Programme,
said: “I couldn’t be prouder of all 22 graduates, they got stuck in to
everything and were a real pleasure to get to know.
“I have high hopes that, with the help of their fantastic
mentors, every participant will be able to achieve their goal.”