Scores of lone parents from across South London attended an interactive exhibition, ‘Branching Out’, at the Europa Gallery, Sutton Library, yesterday (22/04/13), where they met local employers, heard about training opportunities and received advice to help prepare them for work.
The event was organised by Prospects, the education, employment and training company, which delivers the Government flagship scheme the Work Programme as a sub-contractor to Seetec in East London and as a prime contractor in the South West.
The Worshipful the Mayor of the London Borough of Sutton Councillor Sean Brennan OBE attended the event and met visitors and employers to hear about employment and training opportunities for people in Sutton and the surrounding areas.
M&S Sutton met potential new employees and entrepreneurial parents found out about opportunities to become self-employed through Social Enterprise Merton. JobCentre Plus met visitors to discuss local job opportunities. Sutton and Croydon Credit Union and Sutton Housing Partnership provided advice on the recent changes to benefits and money management.
The National Careers Service and Go4It, which are both delivered by Prospects across Greater London, offered visitors advice on the practicalities of finding and training for a career or returning to work and how to manage a family through it all. Visitors also received advice from Sutton Women’s Centre and the Young Children and Family Information Service.
Visitors received goody bags with information on returning to work or education and were treated to massages.
Sue Fish, Prospects Trainer and organiser of the event, said:
“It was great to meet so many lone parents, this has been a fantastic opportunity for them to connect with employers, training and education providers and we expect the relationships started here will continue. It’s incredible to have so many exhibitors and all this would not have been possible without them, so we are really grateful for their help. We aimed to broaden our visitors’ horizons and show lone parents that finding a career or returning to work doesn’t need to be a daunting experience. We hope our visitors are inspired to take up a new career, start their own business or return to a previous job and we wish them the best in their new ventures. ”
The Worshipful the Mayor of the London Borough of Sutton Councillor Sean Brennan OBE, said:
“I’m very pleased to attend today’s timely event and meet so many local residents. I congratulate Sue and the Prospects team for organising this event and bringing together so many organisations to advise lone parents on all aspects of careers advice, finding work and training. The holistic approach with advice on changes to benefits and childcare is also a great idea. I’m delighted the London Borough of Sutton has been able to support and accommodate today’s event in this great community space at the central library. There has been a great buzz about the event and clearly many people are going to benefit as a result of the advice they have received here today.”
One visitor, Glenda from Merton, said:
“I came to the event looking for careers advice and information on updating my CV, which I have received. I know I’ve got to look good on paper. My CV is a work in progress but one day someone will see it and like it. If you’re modest, it’s about learning to blow your own trumpet.”
Another visitor, Steven, said:
“It’s been useful to receive information on the changes to benefits and get advice on the ‘bedroom tax’. I’ve also gained information on college courses as I’m keen to start a course soon.”
Notes to Editor
Prospects is a leading education, employment and training company, working nationally and internationally. We estimate we help more than one million people each year, through an extensive range of high quality services. Prospects is one of the first and largest new employee owned mutual companies, with shares owned by managers and staff.
Our services include;
- Careers services for adults and young people –including the National Careers Service in three regions
- Advice and guidance for offenders in custody, in Greater London and Yorkshire and Humber
- The Work Programme, the government's major initiative to help long term unemployed people back to work, in the South West, London and Bristol
- Ofsted Early Years Inspection Services in the Midlands and North of England
- Youth Contract targeted support for young people aged 16-17 in the West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber
- An extensive range of education consultancy and school improvement services
- Academy sponsorship through Prospects Academies Trust, an independent charity supporting the development of Academies and Free Schools.
We are also widely recognised for expertise in events management, recruitment, community regeneration and educational resources. Gabbitas, one of the most trusted names in independent education, is part of the Prospects Group.
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