The Work Zone employment bureau based inside the new Shepherds Bush Library has found work for over 100 people so far this year.
The Work Zone links local people looking for employment with retailers in the Westfield shopping centre next door to the library. As well as finding work, the Work Zone also helps people to access training on everything from effective selling and merchandising to health and safety and food hygiene.
So far, the Work Zone has found employment for 117 people in Westfield: 31 at Top Shop, 22 at the Vue Cinema and 11 at Thoughts Cards. The Work Zone is also about to start an apprenticeship scheme that will see teenagers not in employment, education or training being given employment opportunities.
Also among the retailers at Westfield to have filled vacancies through the Work Zone is toy shop, The Entertainer. Deputy Manager, Richard Mavin, worked closely with the employment bureau to find the ideal candidate and as a result, Fulham Palace Road resident Hayley Lally has been in post since July 1.
Richard said: I heard that the Work Zone may be able to help us to find staff and decided to get in touch. So far, they have filled two positions and we will be working with them to fill our Christmas vacancies too that could be for up to 20 or 30 members of staff. The Work Zone made the whole process very easy for us.”
The council has recently revealed plans to export this model to Fulham and Hammersmith Libraries. The proposals, currently out for consultation, involve moving Hammersmith Library to a new town centre location and investing £80,000 into Fulham Library. The council is also consulting on plans to close Barons Court Library, and relocating Sands End Library.