Landlord helps Bromley man back to work
Published by Roisin Rowley-Smith for Riverside in Communities and also in Housing
: Brian with mentor Melanie Kemp from Beaver Pest control.
A social landlord’s work experience scheme led to paid employment for Bromley man, Brian Jewell.
The 39 year-old Riverside tenant found himself out of work following an injury which finished his 10 year career in the retail sector. In a bid to improve his chances of a career change, Brian signed up for a work experience role through his landlord’s back to work scheme. And now he’s been offered part time paid employment with Beaver Pest control – one of Riverside’s contractors and work experience partners.
Brian said: “My biggest problem in trying to change my career was lack of experience. But until you get a job you can’t gain any. Now I’ve had hands on training and proof that my voluntary contribution to the company was well worth it.”
In a bid to help people get back to work, Riverside has taken on Employment and Training officers. They develop partnerships with businesses to offer work experience opportunities for tenants, as well as helping with job searches, interview skills and CV preparation.
Lacy Dixon is Riverside’s officer in the south east of England. She said: “I met Brian at a Jobs Fair and arranged his placement with Beaver Pest control. He’s developed his role from admin to research, and now has paid employment and valuable experience.”
Riverside runs a Job Shop every Monday at 1 York Close Lambeth, 11am until 1pm, where tenants can drop in for employment support.