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Good Work Bromley launches in Orpington


On Tuesday 23rd January a brand-new employment and skills centre was launched at London South East Colleges’ Orpington Campus.

The Good Work Bromley Exchange has been created through a unique partnership between the College and Bromley Council, supported by the government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Also working with Local London (Greater London Authority), Bromley Mencap and CASPA, in addition to the Department for Work and Pensions, Maximus, Bromley Well, local housing associations and other local charities, the initiative is aimed at supporting people from across the borough who may be struggling to gain employment. This includes those with additional needs such as autism or mental health challenges.

Experts from the partner organisations and the college will be on hand at the Good Work Bromley Exchange to provide specialist support for anyone who needs it, with many opportunities on offer for applicants, including referral onto courses at London South East Colleges and progression into employment via Work Skills Programmes and Sector-Based Work Academy Programmes (SWAPs).

Representatives from the partner organisations together with Orpington 1st BID, local employers and many other stakeholders from across the Borough, were welcomed to the launch event by London South East Colleges’ Group Chair, Stephen Howlett CBE DL, before Group Principal and CEO, Dr Sam Parrett CBE introduced the project. Partners spoke about their involvement and attendees were given an overview of the local skills market, as well as the opportunity to meet students.

Neil Coates, Deputy Principal Adults, Enterprise and Employability at LSEC said, “This is such an exciting project, which will help people of all ages from across the Borough access training and employment opportunities. This will enable them to gain the skills and knowledge needed to get into the workplace, achieve their career ambitions and fulfil their potential.

“Working in partnership with the council, the DWP, local charities, and employers is a fantastic example of collaboration – together we can have a greater impact and support more local people.”

Among the partners attending the launch was Simon Boyle, Borough Partnership Manager (South London District-Bromley and Lewisham Boroughs) at the Department Work and Pensions. He said:

“Working in partnership with local organisations to help people move closer to work and help employers fill jobs is a vital part of our work. We are delighted to be working with London South East Colleges, Bromley Council and other partners on this project, to positively impact people’s lives.”

Councillor Yvonne Bear, Bromley Council’s Executive Councillor for Renewal, Recreation and Housing, said, “Initiatives like this are so important for helping more residents access the skills needed to make the most of the employment opportunities locally. I thank our partners London South East Colleges, and the participating employers for delivering the Good Work Bromley Exchange, which I am sure will prove a valuable resource for many residents looking for employment or wanting to reskill.”

The Good Work Bromley Exchange is keen to work with more employers. If you are interested in getting involved please contact goodworkbromley@lsec.ac.uk or call 020 3954 4699 for further information.

 

On Tuesday 23rd January a brand-new employment and skills centre was launched at London South East Colleges’ Orpington Campus.

The Good Work Bromley Exchange has been created through a unique partnership between the College and Bromley Council, supported by the government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Also working with Local London (Greater London Authority), Bromley Mencap and CASPA, in addition to the Department for Work and Pensions, Maximus, Bromley Well, local housing associations and other local charities, the initiative is aimed at supporting people from across the borough who may be struggling to gain employment. This includes those with additional needs such as autism or mental health challenges.

Experts from the partner organisations and the college will be on hand at the Good Work Bromley Exchange to provide specialist support for anyone who needs it, with many opportunities on offer for applicants, including referral onto courses at London South East Colleges and progression into employment via Work Skills Programmes and Sector-Based Work Academy Programmes (SWAPs).

Representatives from the partner organisations together with Orpington 1st BID, local employers and many other stakeholders from across the Borough, were welcomed to the launch event by London South East Colleges’ Group Chair, Stephen Howlett CBE DL, before Group Principal and CEO, Dr Sam Parrett CBE introduced the project. Partners spoke about their involvement and attendees were given an overview of the local skills market, as well as the opportunity to meet students.

Neil Coates, Deputy Principal Adults, Enterprise and Employability at LSEC said, “This is such an exciting project, which will help people of all ages from across the Borough access training and employment opportunities. This will enable them to gain the skills and knowledge needed to get into the workplace, achieve their career ambitions and fulfil their potential.

“Working in partnership with the council, the DWP, local charities, and employers is a fantastic example of collaboration – together we can have a greater impact and support more local people.”

Among the partners attending the launch was Simon Boyle, Borough Partnership Manager (South London District-Bromley and Lewisham Boroughs) at the Department Work and Pensions. He said:

“Working in partnership with local organisations to help people move closer to work and help employers fill jobs is a vital part of our work. We are delighted to be working with London South East Colleges, Bromley Council and other partners on this project, to positively impact people’s lives.”

Councillor Yvonne Bear, Bromley Council’s Executive Councillor for Renewal, Recreation and Housing, said, “Initiatives like this are so important for helping more residents access the skills needed to make the most of the employment opportunities locally. I thank our partners London South East Colleges, and the participating employers for delivering the Good Work Bromley Exchange, which I am sure will prove a valuable resource for many residents looking for employment or wanting to reskill.”

The Good Work Bromley Exchange is keen to work with more employers. If you are interested in getting involved please contact goodworkbromley@lsec.ac.uk or call 020 3954 4699 for further information.

 

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