Hackney residents go job shopping

The latest Ways into Work Jobs Fair at Hackney Town Hall (Tuesday 15 February 2011) will give local people more opportunities to talk to local employers, get free jobs advice and training opportunities and even get a job offer with live jobs available.

Funded by Hackney Council, ‘Ways into Work’ takes a unique approach to tackling unemployment by working with housing associations to identify residents who would benefit from training and support to find a job. The service finds ways to deal with the concerns that have stopped tenants from finding work in the past, including childcare costs, fear of losing benefits, lack of basic skills or experience, CV writing, interview techniques and travel costs.

Since 2008 it has helped more than 2,304 unemployed residents into employment.

To prepare them for finding a job, residents are offered training, advice on interview techniques, travel and clothing costs. Once in a job, residents are offered ongoing support to ensure their new role goes smoothly.


Notes to editors

The Jobs Fair will be held from 10am-4pm in the Assembly Rooms of Hackney Town Hall. Confirmed employers are The Army, The Met Police, Debenhams, Compass Group, Stagecoach, BBC, Berkley Homes Capita Resourcing and many others.

Ways into Work is a partnership between Hackney Council, On Site Hackney Recruitment Centre, recruitment company Talent, regeneration company Renaisi, and social housing providers: Circle 33 Housing Trust, Family Mosaic, Genesis Community, Hackney Homes, London & Quadrant Housing Trust, Newlon Fusion, Peabody Trust, Pinnacle People, Southern Housing Foundation. The partnership works closely with Jobcentre Plus.