With construction well under way at 82 West India Dock Road, the first graduates of Rockwell’s skills and hospitality initiative are meeting further success.
Rockwell launched its bespoke training programme last year, to ensure that those from the communities in which we build benefit directly from the investment. This means ensuring both that they have the skills and opportunities necessary to access new employment.
Our programme currently has the potential to train up to 300 people, supporting education which includes Level 2 National Vocational Qualification Awards in a variety of disciplines including Customer Service, Safeguarding and Social Care.
Rockwell welcomed the first cohort of graduates, all women from the Westferry area close to our scheme at 82 West, in November 2019 with a celebration at Tower Hamlets Town Hall attended by the Speaker of the Council, Cllr Victoria Obaze. The majority have since found employment in the hospitality sector.
The ability to access education through the training programme made all the difference to one graduate, who told Rockwell:
“I was searching for free training, but I couldn’t find it anywhere, so I couldn’t receive any training. Then I found the Westferry training programme. It provided me with customer service skills and now I work at a restaurant.”
Another shared with us their thoughts on the real-world difference which such opportunities can make:
“My husband was planning to buy a house, but we didn’t have enough money. I felt guilty because my husband worked and I did not, because I didn’t have any training. Finally, I went through this training course and found a job as a receptionist, and we applied for a mortgage. Thanks to the training I can fulfil my dreams.”
We are very proud of the successes which our first cohort of graduates have found and continue to wish them luck for the future. We look forward to hearing many more stories such as this over the coming months and years.