Young unemployed Londoners from Hackney and Lewisham – including individuals who have previously faced significant barriers to employment – will graduate from the Circle Collective Get Employed programme in Lewisham.
Circle Collective, a charity and social enterprise, who run their project in Lewisham shopping centre in conjunction with FTSE 100 commercial property company Landsec, offer a unique programme which was designed and named in collaboration with the young people who take part. The programme consists of confidence-boosting workshops, interview practice, mentoring, CV building and visits to a variety of corporate partners. The young people also take part in customer service training, and gain retail experience via the Circle Collective streetwear and skate stores. The latest products from these stores will be modelled on the catwalk at the graduation event.
Since the charity launched in 2012, Circle Collective has successfully supported over 350 young unemployed people to help them into permanent employment, including three who have gone on to win Landsec’s Community Employment award.
The graduation is a celebration of the focus and determination that the young people involved have demonstrated in order to turn their lives around, through seeking a future that includes paid employment.
Sam, graduate, Circle Collective, said: ‘Since being at Circle I’ve learnt to be comfortable in my own skin. It’s made me realise that there’s nothing I can’t do and that’s really given me a new lease of life. Circle Collective has brought me out a lot as a person and made me comfortable in myself and more comfortable to go for what I want’.
Turly Humphreys, Founder and CEO of Circle Collective, said: “This event is the highlight of our year. It’s hard to articulate the extent of the positive difference we see in the young people who complete this programme. Our alumni have gone on to achieve incredible things; from working at FTSE 100 Landsec, to holding down steady jobs across a variety of sectors including at retail outlets in Lewisham shopping centre. This course provides them with an opportunity to excel and we offer our congratulations to all the young people who graduate this evening.”
Young people aged between 18 – 30 who are interested in taking part in the Circle Collective ‘Get Employed’ programme, or those wishing to make a referral, should contact 0208 852 2498 or 0207 249 2442.
Circle Collective also offer a 10% discount in Lewisham Shopping Centre store with your Lewisham Local Card!