CityWest Homes are a key partner in delivering the Westminster Works project. The employment team are seeking to assist 80 residents to find work by summer 2014, out of a target of 190 for the project as a whole. Since the scheme re-launched in March 2013, 32 residents have already been placed into employment, five in retail posts in time for the festive rush.
The scheme is dedicated to helping local people to find local jobs. Throughout the year, job fairs have given residents an opportunity to speak to employers directly on their doorsteps. Vacancies cover a wide range of roles, including construction, retail and even placements directly within CityWest Homes.
Mark Pratt, a Pimlico resident, found his calling through the scheme. He was out of work when he came across a Westminster Works job fair. After meeting with advisors, he was soon put into the challenging role he’d been looking for - as a sports coach for young people in Churchill Gardens.
Mark said: “I didn’t know what to expect when I walked into the fair. I spoke to one of the advisors and I was surprised by how smoothly it all went from there. The system was very easy and they were able to match my skills to a local job. I’ve been enjoying the role ever since, it’s given me the stepping stone I needed.”
Keith Cookson, community development manager, CityWest Homes, said: “Many residents with a range of skills attend our events. One of the main attractions of the job fairs is the convenience. They are held in venues on our estates, providing a local service in a familiar environment.
“Our employment service is successful because we go out and engage with residents. It also empowers people to look for job opportunities right on their doorstep. Residents are at heart of everything we do at CityWest Homes, so this is just one of the services we provide to help our community through these difficult financial times.”