Over the course of the past year, Arsenal in the Community and Islington Housing Services have been working in partnership to provide support and pre-interview preparation for young people between the ages of 18-24 years.

The courses run for twelve weeks and enable participants to learn new tips and techniques to enhance their chances of being successful at a job interview. The course is accredited so that participants who complete the programme can receive a Level 2 Certificate in Workskills to add to their CV. Post course support is also provided to participants offering guidance at all stages of the recruitment process.

During the course, the participants also have the opportunity to attend an interview at Emirates Stadium for matchday work with Delaware North Companies, Emirates Stadium’s catering and hospitality provider. Arsenal in the Community has also been working hard with other employment providers to offer a wider range of employment pathways. All those individuals that have attended an interview through the programme have been successful in gaining casual employment.

Mr S, a 24 year old man from the Westbourne Estate attended last year’s programme which was run from Hanley Crouch Community Centre. He had been unemployed for 18 months before joining the programme and after his attendance and successful interview, has been working for the last six months for a cleaning company in the Islington area.

Another attendee stated……

“The course has been great for me as I have been able to have several job interviews and have the opportunity to work at Emirates Stadium - the home of my favourite team.”

The courses are delivered across Islington and until April are based on Kings Square and Harvist estates. New programmes will be delivered from April 2013 but the venues are still to be confirmed. For further advice and to book a place please call Jack Ferguson on 020 7704 4152 or contact Jacqueline Robinson 020 7527 2903 or resident.engagement@islington.gov.uk.

 

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