You can’t get a place to live without a job; you can’t get a job without an address. That’s the perennial Catch-22 which homeless charity Crisis is targeting with a series of events which aim to boost homeless people’s job prospects as part of its annual Employment Fortnight from 1-14 April.
Skylight Centres – Crisis’s award-winning education, training and employment hostpots – will be offering workshops, mock interview sessions and employment fairs where homeless people can learn about local job opportunities. There will also be sessions offering practical skills, interview practice and insight into what employers look for in candidates.
Employers taking part in the events – as well as meeting with potential applicants and learning more about how Crisis helps people escape homelessness through employment – include recruitment agencies as well as local and national construction, catering and hospitality firms.
“Being out of work is both a major cause and consequence of homelessness,” says Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis. “97 per cent of homeless people want to work, but they need the right support. They cannot be rushed, forced or sanctioned into employment.
“Homelessness is a devastating experience that shatters the confidence and self-esteem. Alongside our year-round job coaching services, Employment Fortnight is a great way for people to build the skills and confidence they need to find employment. It is also an opportunity for businesses to meet high-calibre candidates and learn how Crisis helps people on their journey out of homelessness.”
Last year the charity, which also offers year-round employment services such as training to homeless people, helped more than 550 people find paid roles across a range of different employment sectors, 594 people to progress onto further education or training and aided the securing of a further 2,852 qualifications, modules and certificates.