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Thames Reach’s Work Ready Programme, designed in collaboration with management consultancy firm McKinsey, is a week long course of activities, followed by an ongoing mentoring scheme to help participants acquire the skills they are likely to need once in employment.

Structure of the programme

Over the course of one week participants are given a structured timetable, which kicks off with a weekend of group activities, such as football, cake decorating, board games, and orienteering which brings the group together in a supportive, peer driven environment.

Participants also have the chance to visit various workplaces, such as construction sites or offices, are given a choice of certificated courses to enrol on, such as first aid, barista skills, or food hygiene, and will also attend workshops focusing on CV writing and interview skills.

The last day of the programme involves a job fair, attended by local employers, with participants given the opportunity to ask questions, hand out CVs and make use of computer facilities for online job searching. Following this, participants are invited to attend a dinner and graduation ceremony.

Ongoing support

Each participant will be matched with a mentor who is be able to meet with them on an ongoing basis for up to a year. The mentor will provide support and assistance around looking for work, training or any other opportunities.

Work Ready Programme Leaflet
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