Published: 3 February 2021
The recruitment service has helped 36 people into employment at mass testing sites, whilst many other roles are currently in the process of being filled at vaccination hubs.
The service partners with Westminster employers to fill a wide range of vacancies so that residents benefit from opportunities on their doorstep.
WES works with residents to develop their confidence and skills, and provide access to training, jobs and continued career progression.
One Westminster resident, Cedric, was referred to Westminster Employment Service via Central and North West London Trust (CNWL), and has taken on a role at a mass testing site at Westminster Cathedral Hall.
He said: “I had been struggling to find a direction in my life and was at a very low ebb. Doing this job has helped me as it has shown me that I can do my part for the community.
“Working at the testing site has been enjoyable. It has helped me as it has given structure to my life and it has given me an opportunity to meet and engage with other people which has helped me feel better about myself. Many of my colleagues are local residents too and it has been nice getting to know people who live nearby.”
Daiva is also now working in a testing site, she said: "I'm grateful and I appreciate the NHS foundation trust organisation, especially my job coach Susan, who helped and supported me through the difficult process while I'm getting back on track after experiencing trauma. She guided me to the job position at the Covid testing centre.
“I have always been an active, loving and caring person. Some time ago I experienced spinal fracture and it came with the whole package - job loss, financial difficulties, mood changes, relationship troubles. Getting a job, especially during a national lockdown, and being able to help people and show kindness, took away any feeling of helplessness.”
Cllr Matthew Green, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning, said:
“Westminster Employment Service continues to help hundreds of residents back into work with their invaluable support, advice and help with job applications. It’s fantastic to see people wanting to be a part of the fight to end the pandemic by signing up to work at vaccination hubs and testing centres in Westminster.”