Mayor Angela Cornforth celebrates the My Week initiativeShaw Trust CDG, a national employment, learning and skills charity, welcomed the Mayor of Greenwich, Councillor Angela Cornforth, to its centre on Greenwich High Road to host an awards ceremony.

The event was held on Friday 6 June, marking the final day of Shaw Trust’s week-long My Week project, which was organised to provide the charity’s unemployed, disabled and disadvantaged beneficiaries from Greenwich and the surrounding areas the opportunity to learn, gain new skills, and improve their employment prospects.

My Week – short for Motivate Yourself with Education, Employment and Knowledge – took place from Monday 2 June to Friday 6 June at Shaw Trust CDG’s Greenwich centre on Greenwich High Road.

The week-long initiative gave people from Greenwich who have been out of work for a considerable period of time or are contending with significant barriers to employment, such as disabilities or learning difficulties the chance to improve their customer service, telephone and interview skills, and learn how to write professional CVs and covering letters.

The My Week project also provided people with a platform to progress and improve their employability with invaluable two-week work experience placements, while providing local employers a cost-free recruitment service and the opportunity to meet and network with job-ready candidates.

My Week concluded on Friday 6 June with Greenwich Mayor Cllr Cornforth congratulating participants and presenting certificates to those who successfully completed the weeks’ worth of tasks and activities.

Greenwich Mayor, Councillor Angela Cornforth, says of the My Week project: “Shaw Trust CDG helps the most vulnerable members of society to find work and live independently. The charity’s partnerships with local employers go a long way to supporting people to find and stay in employment. We need more partnerships between organisations like Shaw Trust and local employers, as well as more initiatives like the My Week project, to provide intensive, one-to-one support to unemployed people from Greenwich struggling with significant barriers to employment.”

Shaw Trust team leader, Jawad Shah, adds: “Greenwich jobseekers who have been out of work for several years need extra, tailored support to overcome the obstacles facing them. This is why initiatives like the My Week project offer this additional support, helping people so they can get back into work, support their families and get their lives back on track.”