East Ham MP Stephen Timms dropped into East Thames’ Workplace Hub in Beckton today, to hear from local residents who have used the Hub to find work.

Funded by the London Borough of Newham, the Hub works with local business to find suitable job opportunities, and offers a one stop employment service supporting local residents with job searches, CV advice and training courses. Since launching in 2010, the Hub has supported more than 700 people and so far has found work for 360 local residents.

Stephen met with a number of the Hub’s customers during his visit and spent time talking to them about their experiences of looking for work. Stephen said: “I’ve met with people today who have really benefited from the service provided by the Hub. Many of these people have been struggling to find work for some time but with the right support have been able to move into employment, something which has a big impact on their lives. It is great to see people in Newham benefiting from these important and much needed employment support services.”

One of the people introduced to Stephen during his visit was Cynthia Martin, a former Hub customer who has recently been offered a full time role with East Thames as an administrative assistant. Cynthia said: “I have had so much help from East Thames and the Workplace Hub. They have helped me with my CV, my personal statement, interview techniques and they have really helped rebuild my confidence.

“I was so happy to be offered the job as admin assistant for the Hub, I’m still pinching myself. It came at a time when I was low, my confidence had been knocked but the team came through to me. It’s great to know I’ll be working with the people who helped me. And I’ll be helping other people find work so that’s fulfilling what I really want to do.”

The Workplace Hub, based in Winsor Park Community Centre, is part of a whole range of employment and training support provided by social landlord and regeneration charity, East Thames. Over the last three years East Thames has supported over 200 people into work each year.

As well as working with those who are work ready, East Thames is also committed to helping those who face the biggest barriers to employment. The Group has recently received funding from London Councils to run employment and training programmes targeted specifically at women living in social housing and those with mental health needs, while Barclays has provided funding for a programme aimed at young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs). All three programmes will run throughout east London.

John Bryson, East Thames’ employment and inclusion manager said: “It was great to show Stephen Timms around our Workplace Hub. We are really proud of the work being done there to help local residents into employment. It’s just part of the full package of employment and training support we provide to residents in Newham and across east London.”

The support offered at the Workplace Hub is available to all Newham residents who are currently seeking work. Residents can either drop in to the Hub at Winsor Park Community Centre, 20 Warwall Street, E6 6WG, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm or make an appointment with one of the advisers by calling 020 7511 5946.

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