Since launching in July 2016, jobs brokerage service Croydon Works has been engaging with local employers and residents, providing employability support and a free to use recruitment service. Find out how the service helped local resident Hazel back into employment.
Having been out of work for several months and struggling to find opportunities in her preferred industry of photography, Hazel contacted Croydon Works to see if they could help.
Hazel was put in touch with Croydon Works officer Humberto who specialises in retail, customer service and business support. Humberto identified Snappy Snaps as a great match and arranged for an interview that led to Hazel's successful employment.
Hazel said: "Humberto helped to improve my CV and find this job. I'm super grateful. He knew what I was looking for and made it happen. And the fact that I didn't have to pay for the service just adds to it for me and my employer."
Croydon Works offers employers a free to use professional recruitment service and has engaged more than 230 employers, from multinationals to SMEs in and around the borough. The service also works with partners, such as Croydon's Gateway Service, to help engage with harder to reach individuals such as long-term unemployed, NEETS, those with disabilities, ex-offenders and lone parents.
A new office at Croydon Clocktower has allowed increased engagement with the local residents, offering a walk-in service to discuss support needs.
Lisa, recruitment manager at key employer Gatwick Airport Ltd, said: "Croydon Works is keen to help “harder to reach” job seekers find employment or better job opportunities and has taken on that objective with commitment and enthusiasm, providing those local to Croydon with opportunities to join in. The ‘Employability Fair’ back in the summer was an ideal opportunity for Gatwick Airport to engage with the Croydon job seeking audience about the airport’s five-year referencing requirements. Croydon Works has been an energetic promoter of Gatwick Airport jobs and encouraging candidates to get their five-year history (education, employment and any unemployment) details together."
If you would like to find out more about the service, you can visit their office at Croydon Clocktower – follow the footstep signs - or visit: www.croydonworks.co.uk
If you have any vacancies that you would like help filling, please contact the team on email@example.com or 020 8604 7471