Thames Reach’s Work Ready Programme, designed in
collaboration with management consultancy firm McKinsey, is a week long course
of activities, followed by an ongoing mentoring scheme to help participants acquire
the skills they are likely to need once in employment.
Structure of the programme
Over the course of one week participants are given a
structured timetable, which kicks off with a weekend of group activities, such
as football, cake decorating, board games, and orienteering which brings the
group together in a supportive, peer driven environment.
Participants also have the chance to visit various workplaces,
such as construction sites or offices, are given a choice of certificated
courses to enrol on, such as first aid, barista skills, or food hygiene, and will
also attend workshops focusing on CV writing and interview skills.
The last day of the programme involves a job fair, attended
by local employers, with participants given the opportunity to ask questions,
hand out CVs and make use of computer facilities for online job searching. Following
this, participants are invited to attend a dinner and graduation ceremony.
Each participant will be matched with a mentor who is be
able to meet with them on an ongoing basis for up to a year. The mentor will
provide support and assistance around looking for work, training or any other
How to apply
There are six Work Ready Programmes running in 2016, four of
which will be in Thames Reach projects. If the Work Ready Programme comes to
your team you will be able to refer directly to the programme lead, Rosie