Francine is a Westminster resident who had low confidence and self-esteem as a new mother re-entering the employment market. She was supported by Michaella, an ERM for WES Jobs and Training, who used innovative solutions to make the employment process less daunting.
Michaella diligently looked over Francine’s CV and saw that with her transferable skills and experience, she was an ideal candidate for a variety of roles within the council.
After using her strong internal relationships to broker what Francine now calls her “dream job”, they wrote a cover letter to the hiring Manager, conducted 3 coaching sessions and a mock interview.
Francine used her new platform to showcase her suitability for the role that is now her job.
Helping residents into service
23 local Westminster residents were supported into work as Social Distancing Ambassador by Nikoletta, an Employer relationship Manager for WES Jobs and Training. The Ambassadors work for the West End Business Improvements Districts in an effort to get the city up and running again after the impact of Covid-19.
Nikoletta’s role was expansive from successful sourcing, screening, training, coordinating and providing in work support to all 23 residents to ensure that they have the tools needed to secure and sustain their jobs. Support has been expansive and includes negotiating interview methods, mock interviews, motivational 1-2-1 meetings, travel provisions for the first month of employment and check in meetings.
Olivier met with Gurv at ‘Construction Careers’ a Westminster City Council Recruitment event in November 2019.
Having recently moved to the UK from Canada he had limited experience within the construction industry. The first step of his progression towards employment was completing CSCS training. Olivier was referred to TfL Earls Court in December, where he added to his existing knowledge of health and safety.
After successfully passing his CSCS exam, he was sent to Multiplex in January to be interviewed for a Trainee Hoist Operative role. Multiplex were impressed with his transferable skills and progression aims which led to him being offered the role and being put through CPCS ticket trainings for him to eventually become a qualified Hoist Operative.
Amir is a local Westminster resident from Pimlico. He has been working with Kirsty from the Integrated Gangs Unit who help young people who are at risk of joining a gang. He joined Westminster City Council as an apprentice, and is now helping people to find careers in the construction industry.
Amir's energy, positivity and bright smile are a great addition to the team.