19 March 2010

Green Man serves up help with getting back to work

On Thursday the former Green Man pub on Coldharbour Lane was officially opened as a Skills Zone by the Mayor of Lambeth. The pub closed several years ago and after conversion had been lying empty until funding from Lambeth Council and Lambeth First enabled it to open as Lambeth's first 'employment hub'.

The Green Man Skills Zone is available to offer free help to all local residents.

Mayor of Lambeth with Green Employment Zone staff
The Mayor of Lambeth Christopher Wellbelove is pictured at the opening with Skills Zone staff.

Local people can visit the Zone for help, advice and support in getting back to work. In particular help is available with:
  • building confidence
  • completing application forms
  • interview support
  • CV writing
  • finding a job
  • finding training opportunities
  • help balancing work and family life.
The Skills Zone, develoepd in partnership with other organisations including JobCentre Plus and Citizens Advice Bureau, is able to offer a quality individualised service to job seekers. All help is free, private and confidential.

Vassall Councillor Kingsley Abrams attended the opening in his role as Deputy Cabinet Member for Economic Recovery.

Kingsley is pictured here along with Jane Lokwiya, Employment Hub Manager (second from left), Councillor John Kazantzis, Cabinet Member for Employment and Enterprise, and Councillor Rachel Heywood, Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities.

Kingsley commented "This is a fantastic addition to the local area and will help lots of people in the Vassall, Coldharbour and Loughborough Junction area to improve their skills and get back to work. I am proud to have be involved in getting this Skills Zone off the ground. Lambeth is investing in services that enable local people to help themselves."

The Green Man Skills Zone is at 225 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 - phone -020 7926 5607 or email lambethworking@lambeth.gov.uk.