Job scheme helps 49 Newham jobseekers into work in first year

Matt Corbett of L&Q Housing Association

Matt Corbett of L&Q Housing Association - Credit: Archant

A £1.1m job service has helped 49 borough residents back into work, along with 201 other Londoners.

JobReady was set up by housing association L&Q, which offers those living in its properties an employment and training service.

The firm, which manages more than 2,600 homes in Newham, started the million pound a year scheme in August 2014.

Managed by just six staff, it helps job-seeking residents of working age improve their CVs and find work experience.

Mellisa Moore, a marketing administrator at L&Q and beneficiary of the service, said it helped her out of a rut of joblessness.

“I am really grateful to my caseworker for all her support helping me get back into work,” she said. “I had been looking for a job for a long time and was starting to feel stuck in a rut.

“JobReady helped me with applications and interview skills and I am now really happy to be employed full-time in an apprenticeship I enjoy and excited about my career prospects for the future.”

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L&Q’s assistant director of community investment, Matt Corbett, thinks JobReady’s first-year success bodes well for its “mission” against unemployment.

“I am delighted to see the fantastic achievements of this service and pleased that we will be able to continue to offer it to our residents, helping them to find employment and careers which is crucial to our mission of creating places where people want to live,” he said.

Women Like Us, a group that helps parents return to work after starting a family, has also praised the scheme.

Ddirector Emma Stewart said she was “proud” to work alongside JobReady as one of its “specialist partners”.