Service user trainees employed through the GROW scheme were required to provide references covering three years, as with all Thames Reach employees.
Why obtain references for trainees with experience of homelessness?
References must be obtained for trainees in order to confirm their suitability for the post.
If the reference is not from an employer but from, for example a key worker, it will still act as confirmation of the candidate’s suitability. If there are elements of concern about a candidate, these can be highlighted and picked up from any reference.
Reference procedure for trainees
For every permanent and fixed term contract of more than 3 months, including trainees’ contracts, Thames Reach requires references which cover the last three years. In some instances this may mean that more than two references are required. Explanations must also be sought for any gaps in a candidate’s reference history.
If ex-service users are not be able to provide employment references for the last 3 years, relevant references from service providers and educational institutions can be accepted, subject to the ability of Thames Reach to diligently assess the candidate’s employability.
Relevant references from earlier than the last 3 years can also be taken into account.
Thames Reach’s Reference policy can be downloaded from the Changing policies page.