The Southwark Works contract has been extended in light of good performance in a challenging time, and the continued commitment of Southwark Council to supporting Southwark residents to overcome barriers and achieve their employment-related goals.

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Southwark Works is Southwark Council’s longstanding employment support programme. The delivery contract has been extended to the end of June 2023.

Southwark Works network of providers, including Renaisi, offer a range of tailored employment support services based on residents’ underlying needs. This model aims to ensure that there is expertise available locally to deal with the range of issues that affect residents’ ability to gain and sustain employment, while also providing a recruitment service for local employers.

We’ve been really impressed with Renaisi’s performance. Throughout the pandemic they’ve maintained a person-centred approach, supporting clients with training, mental health issues, access to digital devices, and a lot of work has gone into keeping up morale.
I know the team has worked incredibly hard and it’s really paid off with Renaisi recently hitting many of their targets. They’ve been a pleasure to work with and we’re hopeful for the year ahead as we continue to support Southwark residents as we emerge from the pandemic.  

Libby Dunstan (she / her), Senior Strategy Officer, Local Economy Team, Chief Executive’s Department

Supporting jobseekers through the pandemic

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on jobseekers has been profound. The hospitality sector – a key route for many of our participants – faced a 65% drop in vacancies, employment offices closed, and face-to-face meetings were no longer possible. Added to that many of our participants faced severe hardship because they couldn’t work or access other support services.

Despite that, in the last 12 months, in-work progressions have improved, and job starts and accredited training numbers have remained strong. It seems that many participants used the lockdown as an opportunity to build their skills.

The team also took the opportunity to trial digital ways of reaching and engaging with participants, taking to Facebook to advertise services, and using video calls for meetings.

I’m very proud of the team’s performance. Not only have they continued to hit contractor targets, they helped participants build digital skills and improve their confidence, which has been so important during the pandemic where poor mental health and wellbeing have increased.

Ade Adebowale, Renaisi Employment Programme Manager

Renaisi’s Southwark Works offer

Renaisi offers work-related information, advice and guidance for people who live in Southwark and:

  • have been unemployed for at least 12 months
  • are currently in work but seeking progression
  • have a long term health condition (self-determined)

Find out more about Southwark Works.

Ade Adebowale