Work Match helps COVID-hit residents find work

Published: Thursday, June 18, 2020

How about changing career or finding a new job this summer? Would you like to work at the Royal College of Art or with a local development company? Over 200 new jobseekers have recently signed up to take advantage of opportunities like these through Wandsworth Council’s Work Match service.

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Working closely with employers to fit the right people into job vacancies, the Work Match team listens to what businesses need and then helps jobseekers get their CV in shape and be interview-ready. The jobs-brokerage has now placed over 1,500 residents in jobs since it opened in 2013.

During the COVID-19 restrictions, Work Match has stepped in to help match local people to vacancies in their local area. Since March, 45 residents have been trained in courses including construction skills, health and safety and a new Room for Work course aimed at jobseekers aged over 40.

Many residents have started looking for work closer to home and a number of local businesses needed to recruit local people urgently who could get to work quickly and safely.

Looking for work during COVID-19

One successful resident was Kristina Joyce, from Battersea, who registered with Work Match after her job contract came to an end and she was looking for work.

Kristina said: “Work Match was actually recommended to me by a friend who had used the service herself. They were very professional and helpful, giving me advice on my CV and how to interview. 

"Even though it was during COVID-19 when I was looking for work, Work Match helped me find a new job at a local doctors’ surgery. I really appreciate Work Match as it helps local people find opportunities within their own borough.”

'Get the best chance at success'

Councillor Jonathan Cook, Wandsworth Council’s Cabinet member for economic development, skills and employment, said: “As the borough gets back on its feet after the COVID-19 restrictions, many people may be finding that they need to find a new job closer to home or they are uncertain which direction to take after recently becoming redundant. Work Match is now working with hundreds of residents who have contacted the jobs service since lockdown began.

“Our expert team is here to provide trusted advice and help with your CV, training or simply confidence-building so that you are ready for the right opportunity when it comes up. Local employers are increasingly turning to Work Match to recruit skilled candidates who are ready for work, so do get in touch with Work Match to get the best chance at success.”

New opportunities

Brand new job opportunities recruiting now include three full-time positions at Royal College of Art with vacancies for Head of Programme for Information Experience Design, a Research Information Manager and an Administrator.

Other new vacancies include Facilities Coordinator with a local property developer, an Advice Worker, and a Handyperson Coordinator. For more information on these roles and how to apply, email Kiren.Kumar@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

Work Match is also delivering a series of training programmes throughout the summer, with a range of other employment support programmes launching in July. Find out more on the Work Match website.

Work Match are also ready to help Wandsworth-based businesses to recruit talented local residents at absolutely no cost with a service tailored to your needs. Contact Kiren to discuss how Work Match can help at Kiren.Kumar@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

 

*A weekly newsletter is being sent to Wandsworth residents to update them on council services during the Coronavirus crisis.To keep receiving these weekly updates when the crisis is over, you can subscribe here

Get online: Jobs and training on the Work Match website