Bromley centre in deal with Bywaters recycling to get East End youths into jobs

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 June 2015 | UPDATED: 12:08 03 July 2015

Apprentice training in east London at Bywaters recycling contractors

Apprentice training in east London at Bywaters recycling contractors


Five unemployed youngsters have landed career openings in the past three months in a Capital Talent scheme drawn up by local industry in London’s deprived East End.

Capital Talent works with the 16-35 age-group to improve their skills to move into employment or training.

The programme running at the Bromley-by-Bow Centre ahs been joined by Bywaters recycling and resource management centre nearby.

The company donates its hours to the centre to help school-leavers and others learn skills, improve their job prospects and develop the confidence to reach their goals.

One of the five youngsters has been working at Bywaters as a trainee, Macauleigh Byrnes.

“I felt like I didn’t have the confidence to apply for certain jobs or attend interviews,” Macauleigh admits.

“That was before the help from the Bromley-by-Bow centre.

“The team helped me with my application at Bywaters, arranged my interview and prepared me for my first professional office role on a marketing traineeship scheme.

“I managed to get the skills for a career, which has now led me to secure a one-year apprenticeship in design.”

The centre created a marketing and social media traineeship to suit Macauleighs’ career ambitions. He has since completed six weeks in Bywaters’ marketing department.

The centre’s employment manager Genefer Chitolie said: “This is just the beginning of a partnership with the company and the first of many opportunities for our young people.”

The company’s declared goal is to “improve the collective futures through job creation” and raise community involvement in business.

Bywaters’ development director Mark Harbard said: “We want to maximize the employment of young people between 18 and 24 in what is one of the poorest boroughs in London.”

So the company joined the Bromley-by-Bow centre’s Capital Talent programme to “share the vision and belief in the growth of people.”

The programme, funded by Barclays banking group, is designed to help tackle youth unemployment in Tower Hamlets, one of Britain’s most-deprived boroughs.

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