WorkPath is a new integrated employment service launched by Tower Hamlets Council this week with the aim of providing expert support for individuals needs including training, mentoring and coaching to help residents get a decent job.
In other words the complete opposite of JobCentre Plus.
It is hoped that this personalised support will particularly benefit those lacking the skills to return to work or those who have never worked at all. WorkPath aims to support 1000 of the hardest to reach residents with multiple employment barriers into work in its first year.
It will also support an additional 4000 residents to make significant steps towards a long term job, through a range of courses to increase their skill and qualifications.
Economic power has passed by many residents
“Tower Hamlets has been the engine of the UK’s economic growth for hundreds of years, from the days when the wealth of Empire flowed through our docks to today’s wealth flowing through Canary Wharf.
But this economic power has passed by many of our residents, leaving them on the economic side lines, ” said Cllr. Joshua Peck, Tower Hamlets cabinet member for Work and Economic Growth before the formal launch.
“With WorkPath we’re determined to do what has never been done before, and fuse together the potential of every one of our residents with the huge economic activity right here in our borough.”
“The results can change your life”
One borough resident who has already been helped by WorkPath, Salman (pictured left), said “Job hunting can feel so frustrating on your own. But all it takes is a little help and the results can change your life.”
There are often many complex reasons and barriers which hold people back including low written and language skills, a disability or a long-term health condition, addiction problems, carer responsibilities and lack of childcare.