London Borough of Barnet

WorkFinder project provides welcome boost for jobseekers

Published Thursday 10 May 2012

Jobseekers living on a number of the borough’s regeneration estates are now able to benefit from a welcome boost to their search for work.

The Barnet WorkFinder project has been set up to provide practical support and advice to eligible residents living on the Grahame Park, Beaufort Park, and Stonegrove and Spur Road estates.

Residents taking part in the scheme will receive support tailored to their needs through individual workshops including CV advice, job searching sessions and guidance with job applications.

Once in work they will also receive continued support during their first year in employment.

The WorkFinder scheme has been set up with funding from Barnet Council, the European Social Fund (ESF) through London Councils and Section 106 money from Barratt Homes, St George and Genesis Homes, developers delivering the council’s major regeneration schemes.

Barnet was one of 15 London boroughs to secure the specialist funding which allowed the initiative to be launched in March 2012.

The scheme is being provided by not-for-profit social enterprise Renaisi, in partnership with Barnet Homes, Genesis Community and CommUNITY Barnet.

The project comes after a successful pilot of the scheme on the Grahame Park estate in 2009.

Councillor Richard Cornelius, Barnet Council Leader, said: “During these extremely testing economic times it has become more competitive than ever for those in search of work.

“The Barnet WorkFinder project is there to play its part in giving people sound practical advice and support which they can then put into action.”

Residents wishing to find out more about Barnet WorkFinder, or to check their eligibility for the scheme, should contact Jacqueline Greenaway 020 8359 4755 or on 07903 460 538.

Contact press officer: Nick Griffin