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Catalyst launches Leys employment skills course

Catalyst has partnered with local Oxford-based organisations to launch an employment skills course designed to give people the opportunity to find employment at the Westgate Oxford which opens in October. The new shopping centre has over 3,000 vacancies with over 125 employers in retail, hospitality and supporting roles.

Starting on Tuesday 13th June and held at the Blackbird Leys Library, the course is open to anyone living locally that is looking for work and not exclusive to Catalyst residents.

Catalyst has partnered with the other members of the Leys Housing Consortium (Greensquare Group and A2Dominion) to organise and launch the course. Oxfordshire Adult Learning will deliver the training and Aspire Oxford will facilitate the link with businesses at the new Westgate shopping centre.

The course will help people get work-ready and improve their job searching skills. Participants will be given help to complete application forms, update their CV and practise job interviews.

Catalyst is a landlord of opportunity and is committed to supporting people in the neighbourhoods where it has housing. Catalyst runs and funds a wide range of initiatives that facilitate things like access training courses, increased employment opportunities and help to overcome money worries.

Aisha, a Catalyst resident from Cowley, Oxford who will be taking part in the course, and said: “I’ve never worked before so this course will help me get the skills to help me look for work.”

Matt Renshaw, Employment and Financial Inclusion Co-ordinator, Catalyst, said: “Finding a job can sometimes be a difficult and daunting experience. We have designed the course to be very practical, supportive and relaxed in order to give people the skills, and importantly, the confidence they need, to find work. It also has the fantastic benefit of offering a direct link to employers at the Westgate, and the opportunity for people to receive ongoing 1-to-1 support to find work if they would like it.”

Rosa Curness, Pathways to Employment Coordinator, Aspire, said: “Aspire is very pleased to be working with Catalyst Housing to be promoting these job roles and developing supporting learning and work experience pathways for tenants, and supporting with help to find the right opportunity in the Centre for them.’