The Waterloo Job Shop in Lower Marsh has launched a new project to help local jobseekers aged 50+ to get back into work.
Journey2Work is a two-year programme delivered in partnership with G4S with funding from the European Social Fund and Department for Work and Pensions.
The Waterloo Job Shop's employment advisors will support all those eligible – residents of Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark aged 50 and above and out-of-work for six months – to help them overcome barriers to taking up jobs. It will also help older workers to create professional CVs and to improve their interview techniques.
"We are excited to be launching our latest employment project," said Nic Durston, chief executive of the South Bank Employers' Group.
"Hiring more older-workers makes excellent business sense. Those aged 50 and above bring experience of the workplace, tend to be more flexible and more loyal to employers."
Darryl Monfries, employment and skills manager at the Waterloo Job Shop, added: "We are pleased to be building on our 15 years of delivering back-to-work programmes with a special focus on older job-seekers.
"With support, they can access the many jobs created in South Bank and beyond and enjoy a new lease of life."